Sunday 4 December 2016

Rushe can't believe negativity towards Dub hurlers

Published 15/11/2016 | 02:30

Rushe: “I was surprised but I think it’s the nature of sport, it’s the nature of GAA in particular.
Rushe: “I was surprised but I think it’s the nature of sport, it’s the nature of GAA in particular." Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Liam Rushe has admitted he was "surprised" by the scale of changes made to the Dublin hurling squad which now sees 12 of the 20 players used when they won the Leinster final in 2013 no longer involved.

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Liam Rushe has admitted he was "surprised" by the scale of changes made to the Dublin hurling squad which now sees 12 of the 20 players used when they won the Leinster final in 2013 no longer involved.

Johnny McCaffrey, Peter Kelly and Paul Ryan are among the high-profile figures who have moved on during the latest round of changes as manager Ger Cunningham, heading into his third year in charge, accelerates the rate of personnel change.

But Rushe feels they can still be a highly competitive team that find a new rhythm quickly.

"I was surprised but I think it's the nature of sport, it's the nature of GAA in particular. It seems like that every autumn now, or every winter, you see such and such has been dropped from such or such a panel."

But the dismantling of the 2013 squad so soon doesn't strike him as all that surprising.

"If you look at that team, it peaked that year. That team, you could probably say, peaked in 2011. There was a gap. We were at the height of our powers, and then the following year we were robbed of a couple of lads by injury and by even more injuries the year after that," he said.

Tight

"It was always a tight panel, we keep harking back to 2013 but we could have been as good in 2011."

He said Kelly was entitled to express concern about the direction Dublin hurling is taking.

"You can look at it negatively and people have said to me we're done and dusted already. But at the same time Clare came out of nowhere in 2013, they were doing nothing, Waterford [in] 2015 no-one expected a thing. Again, that's two seriously young panels and nobody knew about Austin Gleeson then.

"So we'll see what comes out of it. There might be a couple of young Dublin stars come out of that and we're here tonight [in Castleknock College for an AIG skills challenge] with the All Blacks.

"They lost two of their most storied players last year in [Richie] McCaw and [Dan] Carter when they dropped out, and sure who are they now this year? They went on their longest ever unbeaten run, so it's the nature of sport and we'll soldier on.

"I think now this year, maybe the energy and enthusiasm that these lads bring might be what we need.

"If you look back at the starting teams from last year, we haven't actually lost that much. I know Daire Plunkett started a game and Paul Ryan started a game and they did whole League campaigns but it's not like we're after getting rid of our whole half-back line or midfield. People's pronouncements are a bit premature," he said.

"It feels like people are trying to put pressure on us already this year. The amount of people who have told me that we're done or we're finished before the year has even started I can't believe it. A ball hasn't even been pucked yet!"

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