Mad Catz has recently become a publisher for new flight games and established music games. Its next baffling step into the world of game publishing sees the peripheral maker taking on sports games. Mad Catz announced plans to publish Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge on Xbox 360 sometime in September.

In this game, Jonah Lomu challenges you to tell him what exactly rugby is. Okay, it actually features 93 different teams and 31 locations, with licensed teams including the New Zealand All Blacks, with whom Lomu played. An online mode will allow you to find all the other Americans who know how to play rugby -- unless they're busy playing the Rugby World Cup 2011 demo.
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Mad Catz® To Publish and Distribute Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge™ for Xbox 360

Unrivalled Rugby Experience Features 93 Teams and Official Team Licenses

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. ("Mad Catz") (AMEX/TSX: MCZ) announced today that it will publish and distribute Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge throughout North America for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, currently anticipated to begin shipping in September 2011.

"We are committed to building our software publishing and distribution business and strongly believe that this world class sporting title will be met with a warm reception by passionate gamers across the country."
"We are very excited to bring this popular rugby franchise to North America," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. "We are committed to building our software publishing and distribution business and strongly believe that this world class sporting title will be met with a warm reception by passionate gamers across the country."

The features and content of Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge include:

Developed by leading New Zealand game studio Sidhe®, Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge features 93 teams and 31 stadia including official team and competition licenses for the All Blacks, the Qantas Wallabies, the USA Eagles, Tri Nations, Bledisloe Cup, Super Rugby teams, Aviva Premiership Rugby, TOP 14 Orange, RaboDirect PRO12, ITM Cup, and Ranfurly Shield. Featuring a wealth of single player modes and online play via the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network, Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge offers gamers an unrivalled Xbox 360 rugby experience.

Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge will be available for purchase at leading video game retailers and via the Mad Catz online store: www.gamesharkstore.com. This game is rated "E" for everyone by the ESRB.

More information and ongoing updates about the game can be found at the official website: www.rugbychallengegame.com.

A trailer for the game is available at: www.facebook.com/RugbyChallengeGame.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.