First let me say the game is pretty good overall. If madden and fifa are 10/10 then this is about 7/10. Things I like: Passing is pretty smooth and you can queue up a pass which is nice. Really passing is just excellent much better than before. Players look sharp and field and stadium and stuff like that are good. Running is a lot smoother and feels like really good and right stick adds alot. Open play kicking isn't bad. As I read about here. Kind of like the whole mechanic actually. FG kicking great. Lineouts I like simplicity of them but I'm sure 2006 will improve this. *****For those who don't know: short -maul, medium-off top, long-run Scrums are ok nothing fancy. #8 can pick though huge plus. I like the whole R analog stick deal both for sidestep, etc... and the chance to use foul type play (hands in, etc). Things I dislike: Tackling is just weird. Maybe it just that right now it's counter intuitive for me since I play alot of madden. L2 drives me nuts as far as switching players that will take time. Not using "square" to dive tackle is also hard. But in general it's hard to tackle effectively. Also as "X" is bind in ruck and dive it's hard to judge when tackle has happened so I think I'm putting guys in ruck and they dive all over. Offsides is strange. I felt like they only call it if your guy "one highlighted" is offside when a ruck, etc ends. So like i'd have a guy offside then switch to guy onside then switch back and make tackle. Not on purpose really but just happened that way. Things so-so: As far as plays they run like last year touch anything stops them. I like them but I wish you had more freedom in them. Not sure when you need to call these. Sometimes scrum half never turns green. and I think that is becasue no play is on. Rucks are hard to tell who is winning but personally I think I need to focus on ruck meter more. So much else right now to do that I forget that. Video/Camera angles: Guys seem small on everything but broadcast. Maybe it's just me but I feel like they are far away. Broadcast however it is hard to tell where defense is because they are basically right at the end of the screen. I've kind of settled on classic 2 seems best for me. I'd really like to play on side but just hard to see especially on kicks I just lose the ball in the crowd. And yes I have perfect 20-20 sight and play sports games all the time. You can also reset entire game for wide screen if you wish. Didn't have time to try that. Right stick is a bit difficult: It it's 90degrees for sidestep 180 for stiff arm 0 for charge however this is from the direction your running. So say if I'm on classic 2 and I'm running up and right (diagonally) then sidestep would be down and right on R-analog stick. It's nice just hard to think about that way. I really like the game and I'm due to play my fiancee tonight (a rugby chick, we met through it) so I'll see how 2 players go. Games: Ireland(me) 7 - Usa 3 - Hercus hit like a 45 meter drop goal wish he'd do that in real life. Hickey score my first try. He actually got crushed as he hit try line then i thought he was held up but somehow he got it down. By the way BO'D is like awesome in this. He just ripped off run after run. Aus(me) 7 - Tonga 6 - Tonga 6 came on 2 penalties for hands in go figure. I'm sure if they keep the stat. somewhere it was George Smith. If ya got questions ask. I'll answer them best I can.