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Dublin v Kilkenny, Cork v Clare among the early standouts in revamped Hurling Championship draw

The proposal was passed last month at the GAA’s Special Congress in Croke Park

Here’s the Leinster SHC draw for 2018:

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And here’s the Munster SHC draw for 2018: 

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DUBLIN VERSUS KILKENNY and Clare v Cork are among the early standout ties in the 2018 Hurling Championship.

With Pat Gilroy recently named the new Dublin hurling manager, he faces a stiff early test against Brian Cody’s men, while another new appointment, John Meyler, will see his Cork side come up against Clare

It is the first year of the revamped round-robin format, which is set for a three-year term, after the proposal was passed last month at the GAA’s Special Congress in Croke Park.

The proposal will play the five-team Munster and Leinster championships on a round-robin basis. The new system means the top two teams in each provincial group face-off in the provincial final, while the third placed teams advance to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

The bottom two teams in either group play-off to reach the quarter-finals. The quarter-final winners play the provincial champions in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

More details on how this new format will work are included in the video below.

Additional reporting by Fintan O’Toole

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