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Old Crescent plan for the future with land purchase, Lucey reflects on 17-year career and draws made for Munster Senior and Junior Schools Cup’s are the top stories in today’s Limerick Sports Update.

Old Crescent plan for the future with land purchase, Lucey reflects on 17-year career and draws made for Munster Senior and Junior Schools Cup’s are the top stories in today’s Limerick Sports Update.

Rugby - Old Crescent land 11 acres in purchase deal

Old Crescent RFC is purchasing land adjoining the club grounds at Rosbrien, which will see the club grounds double in size and help secure the club’s long-term future at the venue. The purchase of the 11 acres of land at Rosbrien is the most significant physical development the club has made since the opening of their clubhouse in 1983. Old Crescent’s existing club grounds are at full capacity and the new land will enable the club to develop extra playing pitches and other facilities. The cost of the land purchase will be met through a combination of fundraising by the Old Crescent club and a loan from the IRFU.

GAA - “It is not the destination but the journey that is often more important” - Lucey

That was the view of retiring Limerick GAA star Stephen Lucey. In total 67 championship appearances - over 30 in each code for the dual star. The 35 year old certainly enjoyed his time in green but wasn’t blessed with the silverware he would have wished. He made his first senior hurling appearance for Limerick in the league of 1999 and he last played inter-county hurling championship in 2011. Lucey was involved with the Limerick senior footballers from 2000 to this past season, although was dogged by injury throughout 2015. For the full interview click here.

Rugby - Two all Limerick ties as draw made for Munster Senior Schools and Junior Cup’s

Ardscoil Ris will face local rivals St Munchin’s College in the opening round of both the Senior and Junior Cups. Meanwhile, Glenstal Abbey, semi-finalists in the Senior Cup last season, will face neighbours Castletroy College in the opening round of the Senior and Junior Cup competitions. Elsewhere, 2013 and 2014 Senior Cup winners Crescent College Comprehensive will host Cork heavyweights CBC in the first round of both the Senior and Junior Cups. Senior Cup holders Rockwell College will take on Bandon Grammar School, who have been elevated to ‘A’ school status, in the opening rounds of the Senior and Junior Cups.

Boxing - Nevin remains unbeaten after win in Chicago

Westmeath’s John Joe Nevin continued his impressive start to professional boxing by earning a decision victory over Greg Coverson Junior in Chicago. Nevin didn’t have everything his own way against 36-year-old Coverson but the judges felt that he had done enough to win the bout that was held at the Hitz Boxing Fight Night at the Horseshow Casino. That made it two wins in the space of nine days for Nevin after he also had a win over DeWayne Wisdom in Virginia. Nevin now has a pro record of seven wins and no losses.

Soccer - “United no longer a big club” - Dunphy

RTÉ soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy has always been known for outlandish claims but his latest jibe has angered Man Utd fans everywhere. Dunphy, who began his playing career at United, has said that the Manchester club can no longer be mentioned in the same breath as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. “They have debt, they carry debt,” said Dunphy. “They can’t afford to go out and pay the kind of money that Barcelona and Real Madrid will pay for players.“Part of being a big club is having the money to go and buy big players.”

SPORT ON TV TODAY

4pm: Soccer - Europa League (Rubin Kazan v FC Sion), Setanta & BT Sport 2

5.30pm: NFL - Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions, Sky Sports 1

6pm: Soccer - Europa League (Qarabag v Spurs), Setanta & BT Sport Europe

8.05pm: Soccer - Europa League (Liverpool v Bordeaux), Setanta v BT Sport Europe

8.05pm: Soccer - Europa League (Celtic v Ajax), BT Sport 2

9.30pm: NFL - Carolina Panthers @ Dallas Cowboys, Sky Sports 1