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Hurling: Who Are The Top 10 Forwards In The Game Right Now?

Hurling Joe Canning Seamus Callanan

Last week, we compiled a list of the best 10 football forwards in the country. Today, it’s time for the hurling.

10. Colin Fennelly

Sometimes the underrated star of the Kilkenny machine, Fennelly is a top class operator. A trait of Brian Cody’s teams over the last 17 years is that game-winners can pop up anywhere. Colin Fennelly could have a big say in the destination of the Liam McCarthy Cup this year.

Colin Fennelly

9. Conor McGrath

The Banner are down and out, and this may have been due to Conor McGrath’s injury. When introduced in the second half against Galway, he raised the side as they battled back. If Clare are to bounce back next year, they will need McGrath fully fit.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 17/4/2016 Kilkenny vs Clare Clare's Conor McGrath celebrates scoring their fourth goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

8. Conor McDonald

Wexford had a promising Championship this summer, and this was in no small part thanks to Conor McDonald. The 20 year-old fired over 13 points to down Cork in the qualifiers, and at such a young age he is only going to get better.

Conor McDonald Wexford

7. John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer

‘Bubbles’ was absent for the Munster final as he was serving a suspension from his red card against Limerick, but he is a slick operator on his day. Tipp will need forwards other than Séamus Callanan to step up against Galway, and O’Dwyer could be the man to do so.

John Bubbles O'Dwyer

6. Cathal Mannion

In this writer’s mind, Mannion is one of the premier forwards in the country. His pace has caused several defences massive problems. He scored five from play against Kilkenny in the Leinster final, and has plenty more left in the tank.

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Cathal Mannion of Galway Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

5. Richie Hogan

Anybody who doubts the influence of Hogan was put back in their place after the Leinster final. Things were not going right for the Cats, before Cody sprung the Danesfort man from the bench. The 2014 Hurler of the Year sent the Tribesmen packing.

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Kilkenny's Richie Hogan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

4. Tony Kelly

Back to the drawing board for Clare, but time and time again this year, Kelly showed his class. The 2013 Hurler of the Year is as skilful a player as there is in the country at present.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final Replay, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 8/5/2016 Clare vs Waterford Clare's Tony Kelly celebrates scoring a goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

3. TJ Reid

Reid is simply lethal. We’re trying to figure out how he is only third on this list, but tough calls were made. He is the main man in the Kilkenny attack.

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Kilkenny's TJ Reid Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

2. Seamus Callanan

Is he unmarkable at present? The giant Drom-Inch man burned a path through the Munster Championship, leaving Cork, Limerick and Waterford in his wake. Galway will need to plan accordingly next week.

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Co. Tipperary 19/6/2016 Tipperary vs Limerick Tipperary's Seamus Callanan celebrates scoring the third goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

1. Joe Canning

There ain’t no show like a Joe show!

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