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Draw for revamped Leinster hurling championship to take place tonight

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The draw for the revamped Leinster hurling championship will take place on the Six One RTE News this evening.

Eddie Brennan’s Laois senior hurlers were due to be in a round robin competition this year after securing promotion from the Joe McDonagh Cup in 2019.

However, the Coronavirus pandemic meant that the GAA had to shut down all games in March and a revamped calendar of inter-county action is expected to be announced later today.

Instead of round robin, Laois will now go into a knock-out Leinster championship where, if they lose, there will be a backdoor.

And RTE have announced that they will show the draws for the Munster and Leinster championships live tonight.

In Leinster, Wexford, the current champions, and Kilkenny, beaten finalists last year, will receive byes to the semi-final but can face each other at that stage.

The other teams, Dubin, Galway and Laois, will go in the hat to determine which two will meet in a quarter-final.

In Munster, the competition is expected to revert back to the format last used in 2017 with an open draw to include one quarter-final, two semi-finals and a final.

There will be a backdoor for beaten teams in both provinces too.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.