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This year is going to be massive for rugby union as the World Cup will take place in the autumn and the thirst for up-to-date information is going to take some quenching.
Most people will want to receive their news and latest scores, and everything else about the tournament via an app, so it’s a good time to explore what’s on the market.
Now rugby union may not have as many apps to offer as football, but there are still plenty for you to get your teeth into. And best of all, most of them are free.
The best place to start for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, for which New Zealand are the favourites to win the tournament, is with the Official Rugby World Cup 2015 app. With there still a few months until the tournament starts, it’s not as in-depth as you’d initially want it to be, but it does give you the chance to get excited about the competition. There’s a video archive to watch past moments from the World Cup and also a trivia quiz. You can also keep up to date with all 20 competing teams and you can personalise it to follow your favourite team.
There are also team specific apps on the market and one that is worth looking at is the All Blacks: Rugby Union App. This provides you with information and news on the New Zealand side.
World Cups in any sport are also renowned for attracting new followers and if you’re a novice, then it’s definitely worth downloading the World Rugby Laws of Rugby app. On the surface what may seem a relatively straight-forward game, rugby union is pretty complex with its rules, but this app breaks everything down for you. It also has videos to explain certain rules as well.
Outside of the World Cup, you’ve also got apps for specific competitions, such as the 6 Nations. You probably won’t get the most of the RBS Official 6 Nations app until February, but even if you get that app now you can find out all about how Ireland retained their title.
The Official Premiership Rugby app is one that gives you news, match highlights and live scores, among other things, and clubs such as Leicester Tigers and Exeter Chiefs have their own dedicated club apps as well to keep on top of news of their latest signings.
One of the most popular general rugby union apps on the market is Ultimate Rugby. In terms of depth, it’s hard to find an app to compete as it offers live scores and details on all Tier One rugby union matches from across the world. There’s also Twitter integration, personalisation, the ability to live chat with other fans and player profiles.
Rugby World Magazine is one of the most respected sports magazines on the shelves and you can download their app, although you do have to take out a subscription to the magazine. For expertise, interviews and analysis, though, it’s hard to match.
And let’s not forget that sometimes you just want to play a game on your mobile, so games such as Rugby Kicks 2 and Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge offer plenty of fun and entertainment.