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LIVE BLOG: Follow all of the action as the Laois hurlers take on Wexford in Walsh Cup

The Laois hurlers begin their 2022 campaign in Rathdowney this afternoon in the opening round of the Walsh Cup against Wexford.

Cheddar Plunkett’s side begin a busy season with a clash against a Wexford side beginning life without Davy Fitzgerald and under new manager Darragh Egan from Tipperary.

It’s the start of a demanding schedule of matches for Laois that will see them travel to Kilkenny next weekend in the other group game of this competition.

That’s before a Division 1 league that includes battles with Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny, Dublin and Antrim before a Leinster campaign against Dublin, Kilkenny, Galway, Wexford and Westmeath.

Today’s game is the first in over two years in Rathdowney where the GAA grounds have undergone considerable development in that time.

Though the Laois team has yet to be named you can expect it to be the usual mix of new and experienced names for this time of year.

Laois played Wexford twice in 2021, losing in both the championship and in the opening round of the league.

And though the Walsh Cup won’t be high on the list of priorities, a competitive showing to kickstart the year would be welcomed.

Throw in is at 2pm and you can follow all of the action on our Live Blog below.

And make sure to check back on site for reaction and analysis as well as our Talking Sport Podcast which will be available to download on Monday morning.

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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.