Davy Fitz forced out of All Star trip to China
Davy Fitzgerald's withdrawal from the touring All Star party bound for Shanghai this morning means that Kilkenny manager Brian Cody will be the only manager on the trip.
As All-Ireland winning manager two months ago Fitzgerald would have been invited to take charge of the 2013 team to play the 2012 All Stars in the exhibition match at Shanghai rugby club on Saturday.
But he has had to withdraw because of business commitments.
It is the first time that a game of hurling will be officially played in China.
Cratloe's commitment in the Munster club football final has ruled out Podge Collins and Conor McGrath, who were due to travel after getting 2013 All Stars, but Brendan Bugler, who is a Cratloe panelist but hurls with Whitegate, is making the trip after winning back-to- back All Stars.
The match is being organised in conjunction with the Shanghai GAA club, one of the oldest clubs in the city.
The playing travelling party is as follows
2012: Anthony Nash (Cork), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Michael Cahill (Tipperary); Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), David Collins (Galway), Iarla Tannian (Galway), Joe Canning (Galway), David Burke (Galway), Brendan Bugler (Clare), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), John Mullane (Waterford), Cyril Donnellan (Galway), Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny).
2013: Nickie Quaid (Limerick), Richie McCarthy (Limerick); Peter Kelly (Dublin), David McInerney (Clare), Kieran Joyce (Kilkenny), Liam Rushe (Dublin), Pat Donnellan (Clare), Colm Galvin (Clare), Tony Kelly (Clare), Paul Browne (Limerick), Conor Lehane (Cork), Patrick Horgan (Cork), Joey Boland (Dublin), John Conlon (Clare).