The 2004 Six Nations Championship was the fifth series of the rugby unionSix Nations Championship to be held since the competition expanded in 2000 to include Italy. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the hundred-and-tenth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Before 1910 the competition was the Home Nations and was contested by England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Unlike most rugby union competitions, the Six Nations has not adopted a bonus point system. Match winners receive two points, with one for a draw and none for a loss. The first tiebreaker is point differential.
France won the competition through their winning of the Grand Slam, with Ireland receiving the consolation of winning the Triple Crown by sweeping their matches against Wales, England and Scotland.
The teams involved were:
England needed to win by 8 points to win the Championship.