In pictures: The good, bad and ugly of Rugby Union in 2004
Ireland impress

Ireland secured the Triple Crown for the first time in 19 years during a gripping Six Nations campaign.

They inflicted England's first home defeat since 1999 with a tense 19-13 win at Twickenham.

The boys in green also made sure they ended the year on a high with a sensational 17-12 win over South Africa at Lansdowne Road.

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