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Saturday 17 February 2018

Nemo escape with rap on knuckles for rugby 'assist'

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

NEMO Rangers have escaped with just a rap on the knuckles for allowing the Irish rugby team to train at their indoor training centre at Trabeg last February.

However, the high-profile incident looks likely to prompt the GAA to tighten up their existing rule governing the use of club grounds.

Nemo had originally argued that their indoor sports complex was a separate commercial entity and thus not governed by the GAA's Rule 5.1, which bars clubs from letting other field sports use their facilities unless they have been sanctioned to do so by Central Council.

GAA Director General Paraic Duffy has revealed that "Nemo said the booking had been taken in error that morning for the afternoon and they didn't realise what had happened until the IRFU party arrived at Trabeg. We accepted that and asked them in future to be aware of what the rules say in these situations."

He said he did not think there was any appetite in the association at present to make a distinction between pitches and gym facilities and said new guidelines on Rule 5.1 are being drafted for the next management meeting.

Elsewhere, injuries have forced Meath boss Eamonn O'Brien to reshuffle his defence for tomorrow's Leinster SFC opener against Offaly. With Cormac McGuinness, Kevin Reilly, Niall McKeigue and Davy Dalton all out, Anthony Moyles has moved to full-back.

Debutant Gary O'Brien (Navan O'Mahonys), Mickey Burke (Longwood) and Caoimhin King (in his first game of the season) make up their new-look half-back line.

Graham Reilly moves to half-forward for his championship debut and Shane O'Rourke starts his first championship game since the 2007 All-Ireland semi-final.

Antrim's hopes of shocking Offaly in Sunday week's Leinster SHC clash have been dented as Liam Watson has just opted off the panel.

Irish Independent

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