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Saturday 20 January 2018

Rebels hit by 'savage' Murphy blow

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

A SERIOUS injury to Brian Murphy has handed Jimmy Barry-Murphy a particularly untimely blow ahead of the Munster hurling final against Limerick on Sunday week.

The veteran defender, from Bride Rovers, sustained a broken collarbone in the final minutes of a club championship match against Ballinhassig last weekend.

Murphy is one of the most experienced players in Cork's new-look team and has been anchoring their defence.

Selector Kieran Kingston described his loss as "a savage blow to us and a shocking blow for Brian himself".

He was particularly influential when Cork's half-backs dominated Clare's half-forwards in the Munster semi-final, where he held Banner starlet Tony Kelly to a single point and provided massive leadership.

The Rebels started that game without long-term injury victim Paudie O'Sullivan, as well as Lorcan McLoughlin and team captain Pa Cronin.

Cronin came off the bench and is now fully fit, but O'Loughlin looks unlikely to make it back in time. Alan Cadogan, Eoin's younger brother, is one of a number of new inclusions to their panel recently.

Irish Independent

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