And if there are decent football and american football games, why aren't there any good rugby games? You know, sports with 15 inches of padding?
Because rugby games suffered from terrible mechanics. The players move so slowly on EA's games at preset moves you can tackle them without trying, the breakdown and set piece plays are shoddy at best and Grant Fox was annoying enough when he was a player never mind a commentator. Even on the hardest difficulty as long as you piled in to win the ball and hit off of rucks in the same direction twice you could create overlaps and score with ease.
EA only ever made them as World Cup tie-ins after 2006 and even then player/tournament licenses weren't complete, which was a joke considering how little choice there ended up being. Don't know about Jonah Lomu's game but I'm betting it wasn't much better.
All of which is a shame cause I liked Rugby 06 despite everything and I still think there's a good game in there somewhere. Plus despite the fact I sort of looked like pac-man when playing rugby for real, having a game where you could vicariously live out dreams of glory was comforting after losing a lot.
I like big BUTS and I cannot lie. Ha!