Irish quintet set for Sochi Games
IRELAND will have a five-strong team competing at next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, pending ratification of their qualification by the Olympic Council (OCI).
Snowboarder Seamus O'Connor (half-pipe and slope-style), alpine skiers Conor Lyne and Florence Bell (slalom and giant slalom), cross-country skier Jan Rossiter, and skeleton racer Sean Greenwood O'Foighil have been nominated by their federations following the passing of the qualification deadline last Sunday.
But they must wait for the green light from the OCI, who will check their qualification credentials. All of them have Irish parents or grandparents, but were born and raised in either America, Canada or Britain, apart from Cork-born Rossiter.
Centre Conor Nash was the standout performer with four tries as St Patrick's Navan beat St Conleth's 54-22 in the Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Junior Cup quarter-final at Palmerston.
Out-half Conor Kelly had his kicking boots on to help Cistercian College Roscrea beat King's Hospital 30-13 in Portlaoise. He landed three penalties and the conversions to all three tries, from Finbar Crowley, Emmet McMahon and Daniel Ward.
High School centre Sam Killeen struck two tries as they beat Templeogue College 22-7.
London 2012 silver medallist John Joe Nevin will have his second pro fight on St Patrick's Day in Boston, writes Bernard O'Neill.
Tom Moran of Green Blood promotions in Philadelphia has confirmed that the ex-AIBA world No 1 bantamweight will fight at the House of Blues on March 17.
Nevin, who has been in Philadelphia for over a week training with his Irish coach Brian McKeown, turned pro in November. His St Patrick's Day opponent has yet to be confirmed.