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The NMCI Campus XV played their first match in February 2005 in Crosshaven RFC against a very experienced Cork Institute of Technology XV. At half-time Bishopstown led by just five tries to three. NMCI made a lot of changes for the second half to give the full squad a run out. Fitness told in the end and CIT, Bishopstown ran out deserving winners. The inaugural NMCI Rugby team is pictured here.

The Inaugural NMCI Rugby Team

The team also played a second match against the same CIT XV just weeks later but again were beaten as fitness told in the end. To wrap up the season the NMCI hosted Trinity College, a touring American side and beat them in a very tight game, 32-28. What was satisfying about this game was that Trinity College were a well prepared and well drilled side and after only a few months together to put on such a good performance was a fitting way to end the first season.