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Pre-season withdrawals continue as Tipperary hurlers drop of out Munster league

“It was going to bring us right up to the start of the National Hurling League with five games. It’s too much.”

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THE TIPPERARY HURLERS have become the last inter-county side to withdraw from the forthcoming pre-season competition.

Michael Ryan has confirmed that the 2016 All-Ireland champions won’t be participating in the Munster hurling league because of the high number of games taking place in a short space of time.

The Premier didn’t partake in the 2017 version of the competition either.

“Originally we were (going to play) but subequently we have withdrawn from the Munster league,” Ryan told Tipp FM.

“The Munster league format wasn’t going to be conducive for us.  It was going to bring us right up to the start of the National Hurling League with five games. It’s too much so unfortunately we’re going to withdraw from it again.

“We were looking forward to taking part this year, to have a different approach and a different start to our year but it just doesn’t lend itself.”

Kerry and Tipperary have already pulled out of the McGrath Cup, the provincial football pre-season competition.

Ryan’s Tipp squad are currently in Boston preparing for the Fenway Hurling Classic.

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