2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations
|Number of teams||3|
|Host country||United Kingdom|
|Winner||Australia (2nd title)|
|Attendance||182,288 (26,041 per match)|
|Tries scored||47 (6.71 per match)|
|Top scorer||Darren Lockyer (28)|
|Top try scorer||Luke Rooney (6)|
The second Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament (known as the Gillette Tri-Nations due to sponsorship) was contested between 16 October and 27 November of 2004. The format of the competition differed from the previous event in that the teams played each other twice, rather than once, prior to the final.
The tournament final of the tournament was predicted by some to be a close affair, with the British team heralded as slight favourites after finishing at the top of the league table. Instead, it was a one-sided match as Australia produced their best performance of the tournament. The game was effectively over by half-time when Australia led by 38-0.
The games were played at the following venues in New Zealand and England. The tournament final was played in Leeds.
|Elland Road||North Harbour Stadium||Loftus Road||City of Manchester Stadium|
|Capacity: 37,890||Capacity: 25,000||Capacity: 18,439||Capacity: 46,708|
|Galpharm Stadium||JJB Stadium||KC Stadium|
|Capacity: 24,500||Capacity: 25,138||Capacity: 25,400|
Saturday, 16 October
Saturday, 6 November
|Great Britain||22–12||New Zealand|
Anthony Minichiello (2)
Willie Tonga (2)
Darren Lockyer (6/6)
Craig Fitzgibbon (2/2)
|1 Paul Wellens||FB||1 Anthony Minichiello|
|2 Brian Carney||WG||2 Luke Rooney|
|3 Martin Gleeson||CE||3 Shaun Berrigan|
|4 Keith Senior||CE||4 Willie Tonga|
|5 Stuart Reardon||WG||5 Matt Sing|
|6 Iestyn Harris||5/8th||6 Darren Lockyer (c)|
|7 Sean Long||HB||7 Brett Kimmorley|
|8 Stuart Fielden||PR||8 Shane Webcke|
|9 Terry Newton||HK||9 Danny Buderus|
|10 Adrian Morley||PR||10 Petero Civoniceva|
|11 Jamie Peacock||SR||11 Andrew Ryan|
|12 Andrew Farrell (c)||SR||12 Nathan Hindmarsh|
|13 Paul Sculthorpe||LF||13 Tonie Carroll|
|14 Danny McGuire||Int.||14 Craig Wing|
|15 Paul Johnson||Int.||15 Mark O'Meley|
|16 Ryan Bailey||Int.||16 Craig Fitzgibbon|
|17 Sean O'Loughlin||Int.||17 Willie Mason|
|Brian Noble||Coach||Wayne Bennett|
During the series, Australia and New Zealand played additional Tests against France.
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- Three-Try Heroes Whitehaven News, 29 October 2004. Accessed 2009-08-14. Archived 2009-08-16.
- Fans to meet Anzacs players Allerdale Borough Council, 6 October 2004. Accessed 2009-08-14. Archived 2009-08-16.
- Kimmorley to captain Anzac team AAP, 26 October 2004