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Thursday 18 January 2018

Johnny and Rob lend support to fan paralysed in accident

Jack with Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney.
Jack with Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney.
Joanna Kiernan

Joanna Kiernan

RUGBY stars Rob Kearney and Jonathan Sexton have lent their support to a charity match raising funds for a fan who was left paralysed from the chest down.

The Ireland internationals were on hand at Trinity College Dublin to announce details of the game in support of pharmacy student Jack Kavanagh (21) who broke his neck in a diving accident in August 2012.

Kearney said: "We would love to see as many people as possible packing out the stadium on March 20, it's for a really good cause.

"What's struck me most about Jack is that it was such an innocuous injury that could happen anyone. The game that we play can be very dangerous at times, so if we're in a position to lend our support we're happy to do it."

The game, which Ross O'Carroll-Kelly fans in particular will appreciate, will see rival rugby schools combining to form two Barbarians-style teams.

Clongowes Wood College, Belvedere College and Gonzaga College will unite to face off Blackrock, St Michael's, St Mary's and Templeogue Colleges.

The charity match will take place in Donnybrook Stadium under lights on March 20 at 6.30pm. Tickets for the event are available from Lifestyle sports outlets and participating schools.

Irish Independent

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