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Ireland's men edge one step closer to Rio games

By Staff Reporter

Ireland's men moved further down the road to the Rio Olympics following the outcome of the Pan-American Games.

The Green Machine's fifth place in the World League 3 series left them third in line to qualify, all depending on the four continental series.

Now first in line Canada qualified by reaching the Pan American final and also hosts Brazil by reaching the bronze play-off ... and that moves the Irish up to second in waiting.

If one of the top five seeds win the European series and Australia win the Oceania series, then Graham Shaw and his team will be on their way to Rio.

Meanwhile the Irish U18s enjoyed a 2-1 success over England, with goals from Matthew Nelson and David Nolan, and they now play Russia tomorrow (2.30pm) for a fifth place finish in Europe's top flight.

The Irish women take on the Czechs in their European final today (2.15pm), while the Irish U16 girls lost their final Six Nations game 2-1 to Spain and the Irish U16 boys lost 3-1 to England.

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