First of all, I liked r2005 and could see that there was definite potential if things were smartened up and a couple of new options were available (ie quick taps). Load times seemed kind of long and it was too easy to score in general. I traded it when madden 06 came out and although I had a brief flirtation with RL2, I have pretty much smashed Madden the last few months. Got to say though, I am really into this game. there is a definite learning curve and a definite way in which to play it. Despite that, even on medium difficulty, you can still get rolled from to time if you stray too far away from a sensible game plan. Just spinning it wide at all opportunities doesn't work too well and although the gap at outside centre is still there, the AI seems better at cover defending than previously. Graphically is pretty solid and although I prefer Murray Mexted, Grant Fox is decent enough as a commentator. So far have played a Super 14 season (went 10-3-1 regular season, lost final 27-12 to brumbies) and a world cup, as Australia where I lost the 4th place play off to Argentina, admittedly I did use a second string side and tried to play too expansive. I would probably give this game 8 out of 10 so far.