Sports slots themed on Rugby are more common in online casinos, mostly because the Six Nations and Rugby World Cup have increased viewership year by year.  Where there is a growing trend, whether in sports or another popular topic, online slot developers take note. We’ve seen the rise of music and movie slots. Every Christmas, a barrage of festive themes hit the online casino wires, so why should rugby be any different? If the sport is on the rise, with the flexibility in creating themes slot developers have at their fingertips, rugby slots are a no-brainer!

Rugby Star

Released in 2015, Rugby Star is still a fan-favourite for fans of the sport. The game complements the Rugby 2015 World Cup, giving rugby enthusiasts a chance to spin the reels while having the thrill of watching the international team battle for the sport’s most prestigious prize.

Reel Mechanics
At first glance, this looks like a plain 5×3 slot game with an army of wilds and rugby-related symbols. Then, when you get into the pay lines, there are none. It is a non-payline slot game with 243 ways to win, meaning you get paid for symbol combinations via the adjacent reel mechanic. For example, you get paid if three similar symbols land anywhere on reels 1-2-3. Likewise, 4 symbols on adjacent reels across 1-2-3-4 will dish out a four-symbol combination win.

While spinning in combination wins to beef up your session’s bankroll, the game comes with the chance to roll big wins. Just as Rugby is full of entertainment, Games Global has added an onslaught of features. Rolling reels give players winning streaks with continuous spins after a win. There are scatters; you only need three to trigger 15 free spins. Landing four or five will give 20 and 25 free spins, respectively. To polish off the action, the stacked wild symbol lands with some regularity helping you net more of those combination wins.

Rugby Penny Roller

Once again, Games Global is the mastermind of yet another rugby-themed online slot. This time, the slot celebrates another World Cup. In 2023, France hosted the event, so Rugby Penny Roller was the star slot in online casinos ‘New’ section, hosting slot titles from the Games Global iGaming developer.

Reel Mechanics
For a 2023 release, most slot players would be surprised that the reel mechanics go back to the basics. It is a three-reel and one-pay line game, giving you classic slot gameplay. Yet, the simplicity of the game works. All you need to do is line up three symbols on the middle pay line to land a win. As for the cup symbol, landing just one or two in view, regardless of the reel, you’ll earn a prize. Although that may seem a little thin, the gameplay comes with medium volatility, giving players regular wins.

Where Rugby Penny Roller does diverge from classic slot gameplay is its features. The old-style three-reel games did not come with free spins. In this classic masterpiece, a referee whistle symbol acts as a scatter to trigger free spins. Roll in three anywhere in view for 15 free spins. This isn’t any ordinary free spins round. Every combination you land during the bonus gives you a 3x multiplier. Hot the right number of combination wins, and you could walk away with up to 1,111x your spin bet.

Rugby Riches

A 1×2 Gaming production, Rugby Riches is a tough game to find these days. This is possibly because it is quite an old title and may not have been popular. We did look at a few 1×2 Gaming online casinos, but to no avail. It was a 5×3 slot hosting 20 pay lines, and that’s about as much as we could get. To go the extra mile, we even looked at the page for 1×2 Gaming games. It seems the developer has discontinued the slot.

Rugby Fever Roulette

Although this is not an online slot, to keep in with the theme of Rugby, we thought we’d punt it out there to give fans another option. Real Dealer Studios predominantly creates table games. They use live dealers, but the game hosts are not streamed in real time. Confused? Let’s explain.

CGI Live Roulette Gaming
On Rugby Fever Roulette, every game result is pre-corded using CGI. The croupier commentates and uses quips as well as announced results for each result. Once all CGI captures are fulfilled, Real Dealer Studies saves each video clip and applies a random number generator algorithm (RNG).

Rugby Fever Roulette Game Results
Now for the gameplay. When the round begins, the sophisticated RNG will land on a random number. At this time, you cannot see the result. The CGI video for the randomly picked result will now play the CGI video for the roulette wheel of that number. All the while this is happening the game has the look and feel of a real-time live casino roulette game.

Three Rugby-Themed Casino Games

We found two rugby-themed slots, both created by Games Global. Unfortunately, the third option we thought we had found is not available at any major casinos or on the official 1×2 Gaming website. To make up for the lack of a third Rugby online slot, hopefully, a spot of Rugby Roulette will interest you.