Déise ordered to play NHL opener in Thurles
Waterford hurlers have been fixed to play their Allianz Division 1B league game against Offaly in Thurles on the opening weekend of action as their punishment for breaking the GAA's rules regarding training camps.
Waterford went to Cork prior to the Munster SHC last year for a weekend camp but it was outside the time allowed - 10 days before a championship game.
The game will now take place in Semple Stadium on Sunday, January 27 with a 2.0 throw-in.
The penalty is sure to infuriate Waterford supporters who are already preparing for another summer on the road as they are unlikely to be able to host their home Munster Championship matches in Walsh Park or Fraher Field, Dungarvan. New manager Páraic Fanning has already indicated that the Déise want to play their championship games in the county.
Four counties had faced sanction for breaking the training ban - Waterford and Wexford hurlers and Armagh and Laois footballers - but the Wexford hurlers had their sanction overturned for embarking on a trip to Portugal which they claim was made by the players in a personal capacity.