The Mali national rugby union team represents Mali in international rugby union. Mali are a member of the International Rugby Board (IRB), and have yet to play in a Rugby World Cup. The Mali national rugby team played their first ever international against Benin in 2003, winning the match. They also defeated Senegal that season. In 2005, Mali made history, by winning their first ever northern section crown of the CAR Castel Beer Trophy. The popularity of the sport of rugby in Mali is on the rise.