Rugby Union Team Manager 2015 immerses you in the world of Rugby management. Battle your way through season after season; securing success both on and off the field. Pleasing the fans, and the star players whilst maintaining the backing of the boardroom. You are in complete control!
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Mixed (70 reviews) - 60% of the 70 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 3, 2014

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Rugby Union Team Manager 2015 immerses the player in the dynamic world of Rugby management. Allowing the player to battle their way through season after season; securing success both on and off the field. Pleasing the fans, and the star players whilst maintaining the backing of the boardroom. You are in complete control!
Introducing a unique management system Fully integrated 2D/3D match engine that allows full interaction whilst matches are being played. Control your team from the touchline and issue orders on the go, as you turn the tide of the game in real-time. Choose from a 2D or 3D viewpoint. Adapt tactics, defence zones, attack moves and playing style, to break through your opponent’s lines.
Build a winning team. Choose players from the best leagues and competitions around the world. Over 14,500 players, and over 320 playable teams to choose from.
Build your backroom team Assistants, Coaches, Agents, Physios, Doctors and Scouts. Balance team transfers and club investment to develop both aspects of your club.
Improve your club facilities. With upgrades to the Stadium, Gymnasium, Training paddock, Kicking Enclosure, Physio Suite, Tactical Briefing Room, Colts and Academy clubhouses.
Take your game to the next level Manage International teams and test your skills with the very best in the Sport.
Discover the superstars of the future Explore the scouting network system to monitor and sign the best players. Utilise Agents and Scouts to negotiate the best deals for your club.
Fully customised editor Utilise the game editor to create your own teams, players, leagues and competitions for a fully customised experience.

Key Features:

  • Official licensed by the world’s biggest leagues and competitions!

  • 320 of the biggest teams in Rugby Union with over 14,500 players.

  • Full 2D and 3D match engines with real-time interaction with your team.

  • Control all staffing, from Coaches to Assistants, Doctors and Scouts. Top to bottom, you’re in control.

  • Get involved from youth to the first team, at the Gymnasium, Physio Suite, Tactical Briefing Room, Colts and Academy Clubhouse, and improve all of them with upgrades.

  • Discover hidden talents among youth teams and work with agents and scouts to deliver the best players to your club.

  • Work your way up the ladder and lead international teams out in the biggest tournaments in the world.

  • Get closer to the simulation with a fully customised game editor.

  • Up to 4 tiers of domestic promotion and relegation

  • Internationals including World tournaments.

  • Representative Tours

  • Dream Team Challenge

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10 /8 / 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 2D or 3D Accelerator
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Sound Device
    • Additional Notes: 1024 x 768 or 1024 x 600 24-bit colour Display
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45 of 56 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014

- Player and Staff database is extensive
A lot of youth players, attributes are quite clear how good a player is or will be

- Lots of leagues


- UI is not user friendly:
Navigating through different pages and what actions can be done is not intuitive

- Match engine:
It's not very clear what's going on in the way of stats or info, quirks such as making a clean break with all defenders beaten and then making a pass to a player with a defender right on top of him, running towards the touch line in the goal area with no defenders around

- Transfers:
Not very realistic, a percentage needs to be met for the player to sign and is simply increased with more salary or contract duration with no consideration of which club the player is moving from and to

So far it's not very enjoyable to play


After playing a few more hours it does get slightly more enjoyble. The not so great interface has a learning curve to it, which is not somehting you really want for a sim manager.
Better than PRM, but I wouldn't recommend it at its release price.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
81.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
About 30 hours in I feel like I can make a review for this game.

Being an avid Rugby Union fan as soon as I saw this on the steam market I bought it. Initially the game wasn't great, the menu navigation and UI wasn't amazing, but after playing around with it for a while you get the hang of it and are able to move between sections easily. Whilst the graphics aren't great I don't think that's what this game is about. The in game player base is awesome with great depth. The match mechanics are okay, not a big fan but if you get the hang of the plays and what not it can be quite fun.

So yeah that's a broad look at the game. The killers for me however are more minute.

There's a few big problems IMO. First and foremost is the unrealistic simulated games. You can have a team of 'World Class' players and lose to a team of 'Nationals'. Look I know Rugby and I know you can't count anyone out and what not but this lead to a lot of head scratching from me.

Some players are not up to date; e.g. Duane Vermeulan was argueably the best player in the world this year and he's rated as 'International'. So yeah there's a few cases like that, some players over rated and other underated. Which once again left me scratching my head.

Sometimes I felt as though my team simply sucked for no reason. I would have an awesome back line, they would have a crap one, set my tactics to play a more expansive game, and strangely, I lost. More head scratching...

Overall though it's a fun game to play, if you're not a rugby fan, don't buy this unless it's on sale, I don't feel like you'll get $40 worth of satisfaction. I'll continue to play this game and learn more about the mechanics (still learning!).

- Confusing/clustered UI
- Unrealistic results
- Some players not up to date
- Bad graphics
- One or two crashes
- Players brought up through the 'Colts' and 'Academy' when selected for international duty don't have a name unless edited

- In depth teams
- Aweosme development of your players through your teams system
- Accurate coaching system

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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
As i am a regular football manager user and a great fan of rugby i decided to give this game a try instead of the pro rugby manager game which was a flop. Other than the graphics and the clustered UI i am pleased with the performance of the game.

- The database is very good; able to edit players and transfers before the game starts.
- The ingame instructions are similar to football manager.
- I really rate the ingame "plays", which you see your team perform.

-However this game could have a option for a higher resolution and a more simple user interface when selecting clubs and club details.

In conclusion i would rate the game 7/10 as it is a great basis for a first attempt and i hope more will be released in the future.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2015
I got asked to manage England in the Six Nations and I ended up getting the wooden spoon. I'm Welsh. 11/10.

On a serious note though, this has all the potential to be another championship manager success. It's early in development, the graphics aren't pretty and there are a few flaws here and there but if you try to imagine just how many features there actually ARE in this game then the laws of probability say that's always going to happen on a first series game. Hell, even Football Manager 15 still has bugs and I can't begin to even imagine their budget compared.

What we have here is ladies and gentleman is a fantastic glimmer of hope that we finally have a lose your life game for people who support a REAL game, Rugby Union. No diving. No tears. No hooligans.

The developers are supportive, listen and reply, and I am hoping that this could be the platform for something great. If they incorporated a similar match engine from a game like 'Rugby Dynasty', an online MMO (check it out, it's incredible) then I would probably NEVER leave this game.

Bravo developers. Don't quit and leave us with that abomination of Pro Rugby Manager!
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Excellent, excellent first effort. It isn't perfect and there are ways it can be improved and given the opportunity of a yearly franchise I am very confident this can become the "Football Manager" of rugby that everyone craves. The menus are tough to navigate until you get used to it, then it becomes a much easier game to get around and there are great levels of detail available. You can make the game as complex or as simple as you like.

A very, very positive step in the right direction.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
555.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2015
Great first effort and the best rugby manager game by a long shot. The interface takes a bit of getting used to but once you find your way around there is a good bit to keep you interested and lots of team and player depth. I'm a rugby fan playing Football Manager for years hoping for a game like this. It's a bit rough around the edges but it's a good stand alone manager sim and hopefully just the start.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Interesting first attempt, and given time I reckon this could become a really strong series for rugby fans. The basic premise is pretty solid, and the functionality is pretty in depth so it should keep you engaged for a pretty long time. Particular highlights include the colts system - being able to bring young players through and shape them into world class players is what will keep me playing in the long term, and the player stats are generally not too bad, with the editor there for those which are questionable.

For me the biggest negative is the interface, which is frankly a bit of a mess and needs some serious thought going into it. The game really doesn't flow very well, and there is a pretty steep learning curve to be overcome.

I've also noticed that the number of knock ons and penalties in a game is incredibly high, not sure if I'm doing something wrong but surely you shouldn't have to manually give a command to make players release the ball at every ruck, I'm currently seeing about 10 penalties against me per game for this and its beyond frustrating.

I would definitely recommend this game, as it is a very strong first effort which will only get better with incremental updates and I hope the developers will listen to the feedback they receive

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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
94.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Finally, a rugby title has been released that has some depth and longevity to it. Having been disappointed with previous management titles released this year, I decided to purchase RUTM 2015 to see if this title could deliver and so far I have really enjoyed playing it.

As with any management game, it requires a couple of hours to familiarise with the UI and screen layout - And like others have commented, this seemed a little clunky at first, but given time I was able to get used to it without any problems.

The number of leagues and players is very impressive. Rugby fans will be pleased to know that both Northern and Southern Hemispheres are both represented, and there is even an editor that allows for players to customise their teams and alter the names of any unlicensed leagues, teams and players.

The match engine is intuitive and allows players to engage with their team and issue orders during a match. Adding Team Calls is a neat feature that can really help to change the outcome of a game.

The youth development and academy system is also something that I am particularly fond of, and it allows players to create a self-sufficient team that doesn’t cost a ridiculous amount to establish.

I think RUTM 2015 has been a promising addition to the management genre and has set the bar for other Rugby games to follow. If you are a Rugby fan I am sure you will enjoy this game.

Positive Aspects:

* Great player database and leagues to choose from – both Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
* Different match engine approach with Team Calls and issuing orders.
* Great Youth and Academy system, allows smaller teams to be built up over time.
* In game editor which allows for plenty of customisation.
* Lots of tactical options and statistics for players to tweak.

Negative Aspects:

* Slightly clunky UI and menu system.
* 3D match engine graphics could be improved upon.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2015
A solid rugby manager sim. The core simulation is very good, the little extras need a lot of work for future titles.

- Large Database (Major Euro Leagues all licensed)
- Solid AI & ME (players seem to take the right options)
- Variety of tactical options available
- In depth simulation (B-side, youth team (regens), training, facilities, coaches - similar to FM)
- Helpful devs & community (although still very small, positive start)

- UI is terrible (sorting through players in squad/transfer market can be a nightmare)
- VERY limited resolutions available
- Rigid player valuation model
- No player personalities (or maybe Rugby players just get on with it?)
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
Well, having been a big fan of Football Manager - and Management games in general for that matter. I felt that this was one I would have to try. Especially glad I did so now it has been updated for he 2016 season.

Despite the clumsy interface that is not very user friendly, this game has some real plus sides. A lot of leagues, and a surprisingly extensive player database. I am enjoying the game with the recent 2016 season update which brings a fully updated player roster with real life transfers to the game and has the newly promoted teams.

Another great feature of the game is the Nations Cup game which allows you not only to control a national team and go head to head against all other Rugby countries throughout the world.

To break it down quite simply I thoroughly recommend this game to any Union fan. Sure it has the drawback of a clumsy interface but after a while you get used to it and it definitely doesn't detract from how enjoyable and in depth game this is. The extensive database and realism are huge pluses in this game.
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127.4 hrs
Posted: June 30
Really good fun, not quite as deep as Football manager, but plenty deep enough for the rugby fan & the casual player.
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28.9 hrs
Posted: June 5
Crashing after one season waste of money
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40.5 hrs
Posted: April 24
Best Rugby management game available at the moment. Hopefully with support it can become a top rugby franchise .
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45.7 hrs
Posted: April 2
actually a very good game. i own both rugby manager games and this one is far better.

the inital interface isnt the best, but within a hour you have mastered it.

the transfer market is far to easy, ie every single player you put up for sale, will sell within a day or two and within a season or two, its too easy to get the best squad to conquer the league. ie a div2 team (cinderford) i had top of the prem in the 4th season

i think there are lots of areas the game could be improved in, and expect most will for the next version but like i said, if your looking for a rugby manager game - this is the best out there.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: March 19
This is a very good game, and I was pleasantly surprised at how addictive it is. It ships with an editor so I was able to start simulating Super Rugby after tweaking a few minor details here and there. I give this a solid 8 out of 10 and hope there is going to be an updated version later on which will give you more cameras to fiddle with and a zoom option to get closer to the action, and I will buy that too. It is in the same league as Cricket Coach and Cricket Captain. I recommend it to people that are serious about their sports sims.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: January 3
Lacks polish. Bland and clunky interface.

Prefer Football Manager or International Cricket Captain.
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Unit Timmy
1.5 hrs
Posted: January 2
Do not buy this game.
It is basically a spreadsheet, with a substandard game engine.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: January 2
worst game i have ever played. do not buy, absloute con.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: December 14, 2015
Horrific game. Do not buy
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