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2017 & 2016 Hurling All-Stars Jet Off For Singapore Ahead Of Exhibition Match

The biggest names in the game have set flight for Singapore in China as part of the PWC 2017 Hurling All-Stars trip. 

The players jetted out of Dublin airport on Wednesday morning for Asia on a route which will see them make a stop-off in Dubai before reaching their destination.

The week long trip will see the All-Stars take part in coaching sessions for local youngsters as well as the showpiece event of the adventure, an exhibition match between this year’s selection and a selection of the 2016 All-Stars.

The match will be a compromised rules game with small-sided teams due to the smaller pitch size in comparison with a normal GAA field, played out in four quarters rather than two halves and with rolling substitutions as a result of the searing heat in central Singapore which is forecast to be around the 30 degree Celsius mark. Throw-in is at 5 p.m. local time on Saturday.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/09/2017 Galway vs Waterford Galway’s Conor Cooney with Jamie Barron of Waterford Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

All-Ireland final referee Fergal Horgan from Tipperary has joined the travelling party and will take charge of the exhibition fixture.

While Hurler Of The Year Joe Canning does not make the journey, back-to-back All-Stars Jamie Barron, Padraic Maher and All-Ireland winning captain Daithí Burke all travel, as does 2016 Hurler Of The Year Austin Gleeson.

Canning is not the only absentee who could not commit to the experience from both the 2016 and 2017 selections.

Take a look at both panels travelling together for what promises to be the trip of a lifetime for those involved:

2017 All-Star selection

Colm Callanan (Galway), Pádraic Mannion (Galway), Matthew O’Hanlon (Wexford), Noel Connors (Waterford), Tadhg de Búrca (Waterford), Gearóid McInerney (Galway), David Burke (Galway), Brendan Maher (Tipperary), Lee Chin (Wexford), Pauric Mahony (Waterford), Conor Whelan (Galway), Conor Cooney (Galway), Noel McGrath (Tipperary).

2016 All-Star selection

Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny), Cathal Barrett (Tipperary), James Barry (Tipperary), Daithí Burke (Galway), Pádraig Walsh (Kilkenny), Ronan Maher (Tipperary), Pádraic Maher (Tipperary), Jamie Barron (Waterford), Walter Walsh (Kilkenny), Austin Gleeson (Waterford), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Séamus Callanan (Tipperary), John McGrath (Tipperary).

To keep up to date with how the All-Stars fair out on their travels for the week, follow the PwC social media accounts on: @pwc_Ireland

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.