iPhone apps cause of gaming friction in England squad

England Rugby squad compete off the field via iPhone apps

In a team where iPhones are the handset of choice, apps play a serious part in the downtime of the travelling England Rugby squad with the player’s competitive nature crossing over into their mobile gaming.

Speaking exclusively to T3 and having stated the team’s app use stems from a want of “something you can have a few minutes on but not delve too deep into” England winger Matt Banahan declared: “Angry Birds is just stupidly addictive, you complete it and then you have to get three stars, I just struggling on getting all three stars now.”

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Further keeping with the tradition of the masses, Doodle Jump is a firm favourite of the England team with international and Leicester team-mates and housemates Ben Youngs and Tom Croft playing hosts to a longstanding and fierce competition. On the highly addictive app Croft stated: “Doodle jump is awesome, I have literally stayed up until midnight ‘cause he (Ben Youngs) had beaten me earlier in the evening so I had to beat his score again.”

Retaliating to this Youngs added: “See you have two rugby players competing against each other in a house, he beats me on Doodle Jump and so I have to beat him back.” He went on to say: “My favourite app though is Shazam just simply because I like music so I think its just such a handy one.”

This competitive app gaming runs deeper into the team than just Croft and Youngs, however. A top tool for the many hours spent travelling; Delon Armitage revealed how the entire team shares the app-based competition stating: “I think you’ve just got all the apps on the iPhone now so that’s like the main event, everyone just plays together. There are so many games that you can play together like Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and things like that. Everyone is quite competitive actually so there is a lot of bitterness if anyone cheats or anyone thinks they are cheating it gets pretty aggressive.”

On his own app of choice, Armitage added: “World Tour poker gets the most use on my iPhone. I’ve been spending a bit of time on there playing the boys head-to-head.”

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