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Rugby stars line out for charity

RUGBY stars Rob Kearney and Jonny Sexton have lined out in support of a disabled fan.

Trinity pharmacy student Jack Kavanagh (21) broke his neck in a diving accident in August 2012.

Jack, from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, is paralysed from the chest down, but returned to his studies last September.

Leinster schools will take part in a charity rugby match at Donnybrook Stadium in March to raise funds for his care.

The best players from Blackrock, St Michael's, St Mary's and Templeogue Colleges will join forces to face a team from Clongowes Wood, Belvedere and Gonzaga Colleges, with the proceeds going to the Jack Kavanagh Trust.

Kearney and Sexton, who are in training ahead of Ireland's opening Six Nations game this weekend against Scotland, said they were happy to promote the event.

"What struck me most about Jack is that it was such an innocuous injury that could happen to anyone," said Kearney.

"The game we play can be dangerous, so if we're in a position to lend our support we're happy to do it.

"We'd love to see as many people as possible packing the stadium on March 20."

Tickets for the match are available from Lifestyle Sports and the schools.