2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations

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2004 (2004) Tri-Nations  ()
2004 Tri-Nations logo
Number of teams 3
Host country  United Kingdom
Winner  Australia (2nd title)

Matches played 7
Attendance 182,288 (26,041 per match)
Tries scored 47 (6.71 per match)
Top scorer Australia Darren Lockyer[1] (28)
Top try scorer Australia Luke Rooney[1] (6)
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The second Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament (known as the Gillette Tri-Nations due to sponsorship[2]) 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.

Leeds Auckland London Manchester
Elland Road North Harbour Stadium Loftus Road City of Manchester Stadium
Capacity: 37,890 Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 18,439 Capacity: 47,726
East Stand at Elland Road prior to the 2010 World Club Challenge.jpg North Harbour Stadium East Side.jpg Loftus Road 5.jpg City of Manchester Stadium East Stand.jpg
Huddersfield Wigan Hull
Galpharm Stadium JJB Stadium KC Stadium
Capacity: 24,500 Capacity: 25,138 Capacity: 25,400
Galpharm Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 312658.jpg England v France 2013 RLWC (1).jpg KC Stadium.JPG


Tournament matches[edit]

Saturday, 16 October
New Zealand  16–16  Australia

Saturday, 23 October
Australia  32–12  New Zealand
Loftus Road, London[4]
Attendance: 16,725[1]

30 October
Australia  12–8  Great Britain

Saturday, 6 November
Great Britain  22–12  New Zealand

13 November
Great Britain  24–12  Australia
JJB Stadium, Wigan[7]
Attendance: 25,004[1]

20 November
Great Britain  26–24  New Zealand
KC Stadium, Hull
Attendance: 23,377 [1]

Tournament standings[edit]

Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Difference Points
 Great Britain 4 3 0 1 80 60 +20 6
 Australia 4 2 1 1 72 60 +12 5
 New Zealand 4 0 1 3 64 95 −32 1


27 November
Great Britain  4–44  Australia
1 Try:
Stuart Reardon

Andrew Farrell (0/1)
7 Tries:
Anthony Minichiello (2)
Willie Tonga (2)
Darren Lockyer
Willie Mason
Matt Sing
Darren Lockyer (6/6)
Craig Fitzgibbon (2/2)
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 39,120[8]
Referee/s: Russell Smith England
Man of the Match: Darren Lockyer Australia
Great Britain Position Australia
Paul Wellens FB Anthony Minichiello
Brian Carney WG Luke Rooney
Martin Gleeson CE Shaun Berrigan
Keith Senior CE Willie Tonga
Stuart Reardon WG Matt Sing
Iestyn Harris FE Darren Lockyer (c)
Sean Long HB Brett Kimmorley
Stuart Fielden PR Shane Webcke
Terry Newton HK Danny Buderus
Adrian Morley PR Petero Civoniceva
Jamie Peacock SR Andrew Ryan
Andrew Farrell (c) SR Nathan Hindmarsh
Paul Sculthorpe LF Tonie Carroll
Danny McGuire Int. Craig Wing
Paul Johnson Int. Mark O'Meley
Ryan Bailey Int. Craig Fitzgibbon
Sean O'Loughlin Int. Willie Mason
Brian Noble Coach Wayne Bennett

Non-series Tests[edit]

During the series, Australia and New Zealand played additional Tests against France.

France  20–24  New Zealand

France  30–52  Australia
Stade Ernest Wellon, Toulouse
Attendance: 10,000

Additional Match[edit]

A one off match was also played between an ANZAC side made up of touring Australian and New Zealand players and a Cumbria side.[9][10][11]

Cumbria 12–64 ANZAC Combination
Derwent Park, Workington
Attendance: 4,203


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tri-Nations 2004". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Gillette extend rugby ties". SportBusiness. 2004-09-03. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Game 1: New Zealand Vs Australia". 2004 Gillette Tri-Nations Series. nzrl.co.nz. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Game 2: New Zealand Vs Australia". 2004 Gillette Tri-Nations Series. nzrl.co.nz. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Game 3: Great Britain Vs Australia". 2004 Gillette Tri-Nations Series. nzrl.co.nz. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Game 4: New Zealand Vs Great Britain". 2004 Gillette Tri-Nations Series. nzrl.co.nz. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Game 5: Great Britain Vs Australia". 2004 Gillette Tri-Nations Series. nzrl.co.nz. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Hughes, Ed (28 November 2004). "Great Britain 4 Australia 44: Kangaroos crush Lions’ pride". The Sunday Times (UK: Times Newspapers Ltd). p. 2. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Three-Try Heroes Whitehaven News, 29 October 2004. Accessed 2009-08-14. Archived 2009-08-16.
  10. ^ Fans to meet Anzacs players Allerdale Borough Council, 6 October 2004. Accessed 2009-08-14. Archived 2009-08-16.
  11. ^ Kimmorley to captain Anzac team AAP, 26 October 2004

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