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John Joe Nevin and Joe Ward have picked up injuries, ruling them out of tomorrow's tie with France

Updated: Saturday, 04 May 2013 15:40 | Comments

John Joe Nevin picked up a minor hand injury in last night's victory over France and will miss tomorrow's rematch
John Joe Nevin picked up a minor hand injury in last night's victory over France and will miss tomorrow's rematch

Olympic silver medalist John Joe Nevin and current European champion Joe Ward are out of tomorrow's Elite international with France after picking up hand injuries in last night’s 10-0 victory over the French at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork.

Describing the injuries as slight, Irish head coach Billy Walsh said that there was no point taking any further risks with the European Championships now just a matter of weeks away.

Walsh also confirmed that London 2012 bronze medalist Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan will move up weights for Sunday’s second leg.

Barnes moves up from light-fly to flyweight to meet Samuel Kistohurry, while Conlan moves up from flyweight to bantamweight to face Elias Friha.

France’s Dylan Beccu, who Barnes stopped in the second round in Cork last evening, is also out injured.

Reflecting on last night’s result, Walsh said he was happy where his squad are at ahead of the European Championships, which begin in Minsk, Belarus on 1 June.

“I thought that 8-2 to Ireland would have been a fairer result last night to tell the truth. Overall, I was happy with the performances of the team in Cork”, he said.

Sunday’s second leg will now be decided over eight bouts. Boxing begins at 2pm at the National Stadium.

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