Since Rugby is somewhat like the game of football, I was hoping for some vicious tackles, like in NCAA Football and Madden. Instead, the animations were bland and didn't get me excited about playing. The stadiums were just as uninspired, since the crowds really didn't have any action or movement to them. Had the graphics been better, Rugby wouldn't be as bad. The thing is a lot of people don't know too much about the sport, which is why the visual element should have been number one on the developer's to-do list.
I was pleased with the commentary and the rest of the audio. Rugby 2004 features two commentators, who seem to follow the match fairly well. One of them did sound a little bit like a automated telemarketer when saying the score: After the first half, it's (pause) the United States (pause) one, New Zealand (pause) zero. Although I didn't see it, the crowd was keeping up with the match with its cheers. I was hoping for a few more sound effects, like grunts or tackling sounds.