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6 players to watch in Sunday's Leinster club hurling final

As both sides chase their first provincial crown, these are some of the players to keep an eye on.


Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala)

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While most of the talk around Cuala has been surrounding their dangerous forwards, this championship run has been built on a watertight defence.

They haven’t conceded a goal in their last three championship games, all against quality opposition. A big part of this excellent record is young full-back O’Callaghan, 21, who has been a rock at the heart of the rearguard.

Rory Jacob (Oulart-The Ballagh)

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He might be retired from inter-county duty but Jacob is still going strong at club level.

Playing a roving role in midfield, the 32-year-old is still a vital player for Oulart-The Ballagh and they will be relying on him to contribute scores on top of his workload in the middle of the park.

Colm Cronin (Cuala)

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Cronin is a dangerous, direct centre-forward and has been one of the Dalkey club’s on-field leaders in this provincial run.

He was man of the match against Kilkenny champions Clara last time out and will certainly be one of Cuala’s key men on Sunday. He can work as a link man to the dangerous full-forward line or do the finishing himself. He has a great eye for goal.


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Keith Rossiter (Oulart-The Ballagh)

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Another Wexford legend who is no longer playing inter-county, Rossiter would dearly like to add a Leinster club title to the inter-county provincial crown he won in 2004.

He has been playing as an extra man in defence up to now and against an energetic bunch of Cuala forwards he will need to use all his years of wisdom. He will likely have plenty of sweeping up to do.

Mark Schutte (Cuala)

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Schutte is now well known by the general hurling public after his standout performances for Dublin this year. At club level he has been similarly effective, linking up excellently with the Treacy brothers (David and Sean) in the full-forward line and contributing plenty of scores himself.

The Allstar nominee can win ball high or low and will be a constant threat to the Wexford champions.

Shaun Murphy (Oulart-The Ballagh)

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The centre-back has been the glue in the Oulart-The Ballagh defence. While Cuala haven’t conceded a goal since their county semi-final, the Wexford champions boast the same record.

Murphy, like Rossiter, is known as an excellent reader of the game. The winner of his battle with Cronin will likely have a big influence on the overall outcome of the game.  

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Alan Waldron

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