COMPETITION: Six Nations International Championship
  VENUE: Stadio Flamino, Rome DATE: 15 February, 2004 SPECTATORS: 28 500
  REFEREE: Andy Turner (South Africa) HALFTIME: 26-9  
  TRIES: Robinson (3), Balshaw, Lewsey, Grayson, Jones TRIES:
  PENALTY GOALS: Grayson (3) PENALTY GOALS: Wakarua (2)
15 Iain Balshaw (12) Bath RFC 15 Andrea Masi  Viadana RFC
14 Josh Lewsey London Wasps RFC 14 Nicola Mazzucato (22) Ghail Calvisano RFC
13 Will Greenwood Harlequins RFC 13 Cristian Stoica  Montpellier RFC, France
12 Jason Robinson (22) (12) Sale RFC 12 Manuel Dallan (21) Benetton Treviso RFC
11 Ben Cohen Northampton RFC 11 Denis Dallan  Benetton Treviso RFC
10 Paul Grayson (21) Northampton RFC 10 Rima Wakarua Leonessa Brescia RFC
9 Andy Gomarsall (20) Gloucester RFC 9 Paul Griffen  Ghail Calvisano RFC
8 Lawrence Dallaglio (Cap) London Wasps RFC 8 Sergio Parisse  Benetton Treviso RFC
7 Richard Hill Saracens RFC 7 Aaron Persico (19) Leeds RFC, England
6 Joe Worsley (19) London Wasps RFC 6 Andrea De Rossi (Cap) Ghail Calvisano RFC
5 Ben Kay Leicester RFC 5 Marco Bortolami  Petraca Padova RFC
4 Danny Grewcock (18) Bath RFC 4 Santiago Dellape (18) Benetton Treviso RFC
3 Phil Vickery (17) Gloucester RFC 3 Martin Castrogiovanni (17) Ghail Calvisano RFC
2 Steve Thompson (16) Northampton RFC 2 Fabio Ongaro (16) Benetton Treviso RFC
1 Trevor Woodman Gloucester RFC 1 Andrea Lo Cicero  Lazio and Primavera RFC
16 Mark Regan (2) Leeds RFC 16 Carlo Festuccia (2) Gran Parma RFC
17 Jason Leonard (3) Harlequins RFC 17 Salvatore Perugini (3) Ghail Calvisano RFC
18 Simon Shaw (4) London Wasps RFC 18 Carlo Checchinato (4) Ghail Calvisano RFC
19 Chris Jones (6) Sale RFC 19 Silvio Orlando (7) Benetton Treviso RFC
20 Matt Dawson (9) Northampton RFC 20 Simon Picone  Benetton Treviso RFC
21 Olly Barkley (10) Bath RFC 21 Roland De Marigny (12) Overmach Parma RFC
22 Henry Paul (12) Gloucester RFC 22 Mirco Bergamasco (14) Stade Francais RFC, France
  COACH: Clive Woodward COACH: John Kirwan
Source: www.planet-rugby.com
Martin Johnson, Jonny Wilkinson and Niel Back were famous names missing from the World Cup squad (Wilkinson due to injury, Johnson retired and Back not selected). Reserve lock Steve Borthwick was replaced on the Wednesday by Simon Shaw for disciplinary reasons. When Jason Leonard came on as a replacement he added to his tally of world record tests for an international player.
In a warm up game Italy defeated a World XV (Italy based) 28-5. Former Wallaby Glen Ella is John Kirwan's assistant coach. Kirwan  delayed the naming of his team because of injuries. Interesting selection of Paul Griffen from New Zealand, giving Italy an all Kiwi half back combination.De Marigny comes from South Africa