Rugby 2004

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Rugby 2004
Rugby 2004 box art.jpg
Developer(s) HB Studios
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA September 16, 2003
  • EU September 19, 2003
  • AUS October 20, 2003
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Rugby 2004 is the 2003 installment of Electronic Arts' Rugby video game series. The game was developed by HB Studios and released by EA Sports. It was released on September 16, 2003 in North America,[1] on September 19 in Europe,[1] and on October 20 in Australia.[2] The game is a follow-up to 2001's Rugby, and is succeeded by Rugby 2005, Rugby 06 and Rugby 08. Rugby 2004 features over 60 teams, over 1500 players and over 65 stadiums.[2] The game's commentators are BBC's John Inverdale, and Channel 7's Gordon Bray.[2] The game's soundtrack is provided by INXS.[3] It supports up to 4 players playing on the PlayStation 2 via Multitap,[4] and also utilises the console's online multiplayer function.[2]

Game modes[edit]

The following game modes are available to play in Rugby 2004:

Name Game Name
Rugby World Cup World Cup
Six Nations Championship Six Countries
Tri Nations
Super 12
Heineken Cup European Trophy
World League


National teams[edit]

Flag Name Home Stadium
Argentina Argentina Buenos Aires
Australia Australia Australia Stadium
Canada Canada Vancouver
England England Twickenham
Fiji Fiji Suva
France France France Stadium
Georgia (country) Georgia
Ireland Ireland Dublin
Italy Italy Rome
Japan Japan Tokyo
Namibia Namibia Windhoek
New Zealand New Zealand Auckland
Romania Romania Buchanest
Russia Russia Moscow
Scotland Scotland Murrayfield
South Africa South Africa Johannesburg
Spain Spain Madrid
Samoa Samoa Apia
Tonga Tonga Nuku'alofa
Uruguay Uruguay Montevideo
United States United States San Francisco
Wales Wales Cardiff

Domestic teams[edit]

Nat. Team Known as
Italy Rugby Viadana Viadana
Italy Rugby Leonessa 1928 Brescia
Scotland Glasgow Warriors Glasgow
Scotland Edinburgh
Wales Swansea
Wales Newport
Wales Neath
Wales Llanelli
Wales Cardiff
Northern Ireland Ulster
Republic of Ireland Munster
Republic of Ireland Leinster
France Stade Toulousain Toulouse
France Stade Français Paris
France USA Perpignan Perpignan
France ASM Clermont Auvergne Montferrand
France Castres Olympique Castres
France Biarritz Olympique Biarritz
England Sale
England Northampton
England London Irish London Exiles
England Leicester
England Gloucester
England Bristol
New Zealand Hurricanes
New Zealand Crusaders
South Africa Stormers
South Africa Sharks
South Africa Lions Cats
South Africa Bulls
New Zealand Chiefs
New Zealand Highlanders
New Zealand Blues
Australia Reds
Australia Waratahs
Australia Brumbies

Other teams[edit]

Nat. Team Known as
New Zealand New Zealand Māori rugby union team NZ Maori
United Kingdom British and Irish Lions British Isles
England Barbarian F.C. Barbarians


Murrayfield, home to Edinburgh Rugby & Scotland appears in the game.
Newlands Stadium, home to the Stormers appears in the game under the name 'Cape Town'.
the Stadio Flaminio in Italy appears in the game under the name 'Rome'.
Nat. Name Stadium
Argentina Buenos Aires Estadio José Amalfitani
Australia Adelaide Adelaide Oval
Australia Brisbane Suncorp Stadium
Australia Canberra Canberra Stadium
Australia Docklands Docklands Stadium
Australia Gosford Central Coast Stadium
Australia Homebush Bay Stadium Australia
Australia Launceston York Park
Australia Melbourne Telstra Dome
Australia Perth Subiaco Oval
Australia Sydney Aussie Stadium
Australia Townsville Dairy Farmers Stadium
Australia Woolongabba QSAC Stadium
Australia Wollongong WIN Stadium
Canada Vancouver Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium
England Bristol Memorial Ground
England Gloucester Kingsholm Stadium
England Leicester Welford Road
England London Madejski Stadium
England Northampton Franklin's Gardens
England Sale Salford City Stadium
England Twickenham Twickenham Stadium
Fiji Suva National Stadium
France Biarritz Parc des Sports Aguiléra
France Clermont-Ferrand Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
France Castres Stade Pierre-Antoine
France France Stadium Stade de France
France Paris Stade Jean-Bouin
France Perpigan Stade Aimé Giral
France Toulouse Stadium Municipal
Ireland Belfast Ravenhill Stadium
Ireland Donnybrook Donnybrook Stadium
Ireland Dublin Lansdowne Road
Ireland Munster Thomond Park
Italy Brescia Invernici Stadium
Italy Milan Stadio Luigi Zaffanella
Italy Rome Stadio Flamino
Japan Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium
Namibia Windhoek Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium
New Zealand Auckland Eden Park
New Zealand Christchurch Lancaster Park
New Zealand Dunedin Carisbrook
New Zealand Hamilton Waikato Stadium
New Zealand Wellington Westpac Stadium
Romania Buchanest Arcul de Triumf Stadium
Russia Moscow Slava Stadium
Scotland Glasgow Hughenden Stadium
Scotland Murrayfield Murrayfield Stadium
Scotland Myreside Myreside Stadium
Samoa Apia Apia Park
Spain Madrid Stade Pierre-Antoine
South Africa Bloemfontein Free State Stadium
South Africa Cape Town Newlands Stadium
South Africa Durban Kings Park Stadium
South Africa Johannesburg Coca-Cola Park
South Africa Port Elizabeth EPRU Stadium
South Africa Pretoria Loftus Versfield Stadium
Tonga Nuku'alofa Teufaiva Sport Stadium
Uruguay Montevideo Estadio Centenario
United States San Francisco Boxer Stadium
Wales Cardiff Millennium Stadium


Rugby 2004
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 5.0[3]
GameSpy PS2: 2/5 stars[6]
PC: 1/5 stars[7]
IGN 7.3[5] 4/5 stars[8]
PALGN 7.0[9]

The game received disappointing to favourable reviews, with the game being congratulated for its team licensing but criticised for its below-par graphics.


  1. ^ a b "Rugby 2004 for PlayStation 2". Gamespot. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d "IGN: Rugby 2004". IGN. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  3. ^ a b MacDonald, Ryan (September 23, 2003). "Rugby 2004 for PlayStation 2 - Review". Gamespot. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Rugby 2004 for PlayStation 2 - Technical Info". Gamespot. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  5. ^ Carle, Chris (September 17, 2003). "IGN: Rugby 2004 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  6. ^ Meston, Zach (September 29, 2003). "GameSpy: Rugby 2004". GameSpy. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  7. ^ Durham Jr., Joel (December 22, 2003). "GameSpy: Rugby 2004". GameSpy. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  8. ^ Bailey, Alex. "Rugby 2004 Review". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  9. ^ Keller, Matt (September 29, 2003). "Rugby 2004 Review - PlayStation 2 Video Game Review - PAL Gaming Network". PALGN. Retrieved 2009-09-01.