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'Threat Of Relegation In Leinster Hurling Championship Is Nonsensical'

'Threat Of Relegation In Leinster Hurling Championship Is Nonsensical'
By Arthur James O'Dea

With Dublin coming within a couple of minutes of beating Kilkenny in the first round of a revamped provincial structure, Brian Cody has criticised the decision that will see one team relegated from the Leinster Hurling Championship.

In the Munster equivalent, no such scenario is in place; with the bottom-placed team only facing into a play-off should Kerry win the Joe McDonagh cup.

A structure that is most likely to see Dublin or Offaly drop out of the Leinster Hurling Championship in 2019, the question was raised on this evening's Sunday Game also.

With Michael Duignan and Brendan Cummins in studio, Duignan, who won two All-Ireland winners' medals with Offaly in 1994 and '98, is vehemently against this idea.

Citing the "nonsensical" notion that there could be two different sets of rules for both provinces in the one championship, Duignan suggested that those in congress who had made the decision won't "realise the implications until it's too late."

With a natural concern for his native Offaly, Duignan highlighted how, what with Kevin Martin having the smallest panel of the five counties in the current Leinster Hurling Championship available to him, they will suffer with the rigorous schedule.

After seeing Dublin run Kilkenny so close in Parnell Park, the former Tipperary 'keeper Cummins tipped Pat Gilroy's side to overcome Wexford in a week's time.

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You can watch some of their analysis from today's match in Parnell Park below.

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