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Top 5 iPhone Apps for the Rugby World Cup

Best of the rugby action on iPhone

The Rugby World Cup is, of course, the sport's showpiece event. And as luck would have it, the seventh edition of this quadrennial international competition kicks off today (September 9th).

For those of you not up to speed with the ins and outs of this complex (and incessantly violent) game, let the IRB Laws of Rugby application be your guide. For everyone else, here's our world-class line-up of iPhone games and apps for the Rugby World Cup 2011.

So, pin your cauliflowers ear back and head straight for the virtual try line by downloading this collection of the best iPhone rugby apps on the planet.

And if you'd prefer to compete in more genteel sporting surroundings - say, the NHL or the Premier League - check out Qi's Top 5 US sports games or our highest-scoring football games.

Unlike those ultra-precious, namby-pamby cricketers who dart back to their changing room at the first sign of cumulonimbus, rugby players are carved out of granite, hewn from marble, and willing to scrummage in monsoon conditions. If EarthBuzz 3D Weather does indicate that a stormcloud is brewing in the Wellington area, might be worth packing that umbrella for that Group B match, though.
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8.4
Yes, I am fully aware of the distinction between American football and rugger: one's for girls, one's for boys. These two rather aggressive oval ball sports have a lot more in common than they care to admit, however. And EA's Madden NFL 10 is just about the best mobile interpretation of gridiron around. Touchdown to Qi! Sorry, TRY to Qi!
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7.9
Now that all four UK terrestrial broadcasters have jumped aboard the good ship iPhone, you have no excuse for missing Eastenders and Hollyoaks. Aside from the obvious. Of most interest to rugby-watching households in Britain is ITV Player, mind, for ITV's the channel with the rights to the Rugby World Cup 2011. In extra time, by the way, ITV brought RWC 2011 ITV Live on as a blood replacement for ITV Player. Too late, I'm afraid.
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6.6
As you'll have no doubt spotted already, the App Store isn't exactly awash with high-quality rugby-based games. Heck, it isn't even awash with rubbish rugby-based games. Downloading Distinctive Developments's Rugby Nations 2010 is pretty much the only way an avid iPhone egg chaser can lead one (of 12) team to World Cup, Tri Nations, or Six Nations glory. Replays are included.
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6.0
The organisers of the Rugby World Cup 2011 have found time in between rigging / arranging the draw in favour of the hosts and quaffing flutes of champagne to rustle up an official app for the tournament. And, good grief, it's ruddy brilliant. Hats are doffed to the IRB for its intuitive, detailed, and free mobile application, which provides up-to-the-minute reports, archive video footage, and Match Center for in-game stats.
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