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Sky Sports announce Wyse, Canavan, English and O’Connor as their GAA team

The station’s first televised game is the meeting of Kilkenny and Offaly in the Leinster championship in Nowlan Park on 7 June.

Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

SKY SPORTS HAVE announced their GAA punditry team as they prepare to cover this summer’s championship for the first time.

Tyrone’s Peter Canavan and former Allstar Paul Early will be the broadcasters’ Gaelic football pundits with Tipperary’s Nicky English and Clare’s Jamesie O’Connor casting their eye over the hurling action. Sky Sports News presenter Rachel Wyse will front their coverage alongside rugby league presenter Brian Carney.

Canavan, English and O’Connor all have experience from working with TV3 in recent seasons. Dave McIntyre and Mike Finnerty are the station’s commentators.

Recently-retired Kerry footballer Paul Galvin was widely tipped to be part of the broadcast but was not included in today’s briefing.

The announcement was made at a press conference in Croke Park today ahead of Sky Sports first game on 7 June when Kilkenny take on Offaly in the Leinster SHC in Nowlan Park.

Jamesie OÕConnor Jamesie O'Connor will be part of the hurling coverage. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The station will also cover the clash of Dublin v Wexford/round robin qualifier in the Leinster SHC on 14 June. Their other live provincial games will be Sligo against Galway or London in the Connacht SFC on  21 June and the Ulster semi-final between Armagh/Cavan against Down/Tyrone/Monaghan on 28 June.

Sky Sports remaining games consist of eight Saturday evening matches in the All-Ireland qualifier and, two All-Ireland football championship quarter-finals.

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