‘Limerick not in top three and won’t win All-Ireland’ – Kilkenny legend Jackie Tyrell
LIMERICK are not in the top three teams in the country and won’t win the All-Ireland this year, Kilkenny legend Jackie Tyrell has predicted.
The nine-time All-Ireland winner also said Brian Cody’s current crop of players are also not among the elite just yet.
Tyrell was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s much-anticipated Allianz HL Division 1A clash between the All-Ireland and League champions.
“I don’t see them (Limerick) in the top three. I think you have Clare, Galway and Tipperary – I don’t see Kilkenny or Limerick in that bracket at the minute,” Tyrrell said.
“I wouldn’t be really getting too carried away by Limerick just yet. It’s a long year. I don’t see them winning the All-Ireland this year, I really don’t. They’re nearly going too well for me now. I would be wrapping some of those lads in cotton wool.”
Brian Cody welcomes Walter Walsh back into his side for their Nowlan Park clash, while Conor Delaney is parachuted into full-back.
Meanwhile, Limerick manager John Kiely has recalled many of his big guns. Hurler of the Year Cian Lynch returns along with Young Hurler of the Year Kyle Hayes. Last year’s ‘supersub’ Shane Dowling and Barry Murphy will start in attack.