COMPETITION: 6 Nations International Championship
  VENUE: Lansdown Road, Dublin DATE: 20 March, 2004 SPECTATORS: 49, 250
  REFEREE: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand) HALFTIME: 12-0  
  TRIES: O'Kelly, O'Driscoll, Horgan TRIES:
15 Girvan Dempsey  Leinster 15 Gonzalo Canale (22) Benetton Treviso RFC
14 Shane Horgan  Leinster 14 Nicola Mazzucato  Calvisano RFC
13 Gordon D'Arcy (22) Leinster 13 Cristian Stoica  Montpellier RFC, France
12 Brian O'Driscoll (Cap)  Leinster 12 Matteo Barbini (21) Petraca Padova RFC
11 Geordan Murphy  Leicester RFC, England 11 Denis Dallan  Treviso RFC
10 Ronan O'Gara (20) Munster 10 Roland De Marigny  Overmach Parma RFC
9 Peter Stringer (21) Munster 9 Paul Griffen (20) Calvisano RFC
8 Anthony Foley  Munster 8 Scott Palmer (16t) Benetton Treviso RFC
7 Keith Gleeson (19) Leinster 7 Aaron Persico  Leeds RFC, England
6 Simon Easterby  Llanelly RFC, Wales 6 Andrea De Rossi (Cap) Calvisano RFC
5 Donnacha O'Callaghan (18) Munster 5 Marco Bortolami  Padova RFC
4 Malcolm O'Kelly  Leinster 4 Carlo Checchinato (18) Calvisano RFC
3 John Hayes  Munster 3 Martin Castrogiovanni  Calvisano RFC
2 Shane Byrne (16) Leinster 2 Fabio Ongaro  Benetton Treviso RFC
1 Reggie Corrigan (17) Leinster 1 Andrea Lo Cicero (17) Lazio and Primavera RFC
16 Frankie Sheahan (2) Munster 16 Carlo Festuccia (8t) Gran Parma RFC
17 Marcus Horan (1) Munster 17 Salvatore Perugini (1) Calvisano RFC
18 Gary Longwell (5) Ulster 18 Santiago Dellape (4) Benetton Treviso RFC
19 Victor Costello (7) Leinster 19 Roberto Mandelli Calvisano RFC
20 David Humphreys (10) Ulster 20 Simon Picone (9) Benetton Treviso RFC
21 Guy Easterby (9) Rotherham RFC, England 21 Andrea Masi (12) Viadana RFC
22 Kevin Maggs (13) Bath RFC, England 22 Mirco Bergamasco (15) Stade Francaise RFC, France
  COACH: Eddie O'Sullivan COACH: John Kirwan
The weather in Ireland was dreadful and this game never reached great levels of skill or excitiement. Ireland won comfortably in the end against an ever improving Italian team.
O'Donnell was a late withdrawl, O'Callaghan taking his place with Longwell entering the reserves.
Geordan Murphy returned to the Irish team after a long injury layoff after breaking his leg in a warmup test match just before the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He replaced Tyrone Howe who dropped out of the team.
Malcolm O'Kelly retained his lock place despite the return from injury of Donnacha O'Callaghan who moved to the bench (and later to the starting lineup). O'Kelly's selection meant he equalled the great Willie MacBrides record of 63 tests for an Irish lock.
Munster prop Marcus Horan returned to the bench from injury and played his first 6 Nations outing for the season.
Veteran lock Carlo Checcinato returned to the Italy team to win his 83rd record equalling test. This brought him equal to scrum half Alessandro Troncon who is yet to appear in this years 6 Nations competition. Checcinato had already announced he will retire from international rugby at the end of this years 6 Nations competition.
New Zealand-born Scott Palmer returned to the Italian side to replaced injured Sergio Parisse.
Centre Manuel Dallan withdrew with a knee problem, Matteo Barbini taking his place in the centres.
New cap Roberto Mandelli was called into the reserves but did not take the field.