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'Training ban is being strictly upheld by all teams' - Wexford hurling coach Bulfin

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Wexford hurling coach Seoirse Bulfin

Wexford hurling coach Seoirse Bulfin

Wexford hurling coach Seoirse Bulfin

There are often times when GAA rules are manipulated during the season but Wexford hurling coach Seoirse Bulfin is convinced that the current ban on collective training is being strictly adhered to by all amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The GAA calendar is up in the air given the "uncertainty" around games resuming but Bulfin, Davy Fitzgerald's right-hand man with the Model County, believes there is nothing to be gained by trying to bend the rules.

The Limerick native feels that any counties or clubs which try to go rogue and train as a group would be rightly condemned given the significant risks involved.

"No, there is nothing going on. It's the first time in my life that I have heard nothing about teams training and I would be very surprised if there is anything going on," Bulfin said.

"As a country, we seem to be doing well and people seem to be disciplined about doing what they are supposed to do. I'd say there is nothing going on because society at this stage will dictate and that would be completely frowned upon.

"You're not even trying to get an edge if you're doing it now, it's a health risk and it's gone beyond sport. So definitely no, I haven't heard of anything in any sport and I doubt there is anything going on."

Withdrawal

Bulfin admits that he is suffering "withdrawal symptoms" from not making the routine trips to Wexford but he is in regular contact with "five to six players every day during a surreal time".

"I know from the Wexford lads that they are all trying to do their own individual training, and that's more for their own mental well-being as well as hurling, it's to try and get out and do a bit," he said.

"I live in Bruff, born and raised, and I was out running the road one way the other day and Seán Finn (Limerick hurler) passed me by going the other way so we're all trying to do a bit to stay sane.

"The uncertainty is what is really challenging because lads are trying to do their bit on their own and you don't know whether it will start later or whether it will start at all."

Irish Independent