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Think you could be Joe Schmidt? Give it a try when Pro Rugby Manager 2015 comes out Friday

Here’s hoping it is just as addictive as football manager.

Why be the next Joe Schmidt when you could be the first (insert name here) in Pro Rugby Manager 2015?
Why be the next Joe Schmidt when you could be the first (insert name here) in Pro Rugby Manager 2015?
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

FOOTBALL MANAGER IS one of the most enjoyable/cripplingly addictive computer game experiences you can have. There is nothing better than throwing on your slickest suit after leading Morecambe to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final and basking in your glory.

Pro Rugby Manager 2015 comes out this Friday so now you can get your best earpiece, tracksuit and walkie-talkie ready for when you lead London Welsh to their first ever Aviva Premiership final.

The game is a sequel to Pro Rugby Manager 2004, which I cannot recall (probably not a good sign since I greedily hoarded a lot of manager games as a teenager). Here is the trailer for it anyway.

Source: 505 Games/YouTube

Admittedly, that video doesn’t get the pulse racing too much, but haven’t you always wanted to see how you would do with Clermont’s astronomical budget? Or whether you could lead the Dragons to a Heineken Cup win? (Most of you probably wouldn’t have considered the latter, in fairness.)

Or you could follow in the footsteps of Les deux Laurents, Laurent Travers and Laurent Labit, and co-manage a team with a buddy.

According to the game’s developers, you can pick the team, choose the tactics, set the price of pints in your ground and do some wheeling and dealing to put together your very own set of galacticos.

Source: gamezplay/YouTube

So whether you see yourself as a prudent administrator, a visionary director of rugby, or a training ground innovator, there is something in here for everyone (unless the game is a complete dud, which is a distinct possibility). Personally, I am looking forward to taking the reins at Clermont and pillaging Ireland for every single professional player.

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