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Meyler on why Cork must beat Kilkenny | young Rebels he has coached | pre-season too long

Shane and Michael are joined by former Cork manager John Meyler to preview Cork v Kilkenny and much more ahead of the weekend

Shane and Michael are joined by former Cork manager John Meyler to preview Cork v Kilkenny and much more.

Former Cork manager John Meyler believes it is important that Pat Ryan’s charges qualify for the league final.

The Rebels last claimed the NHL crown in 1998 — a team that Ryan was midfield on — but Kilkenny stand in their way of returning to a final.

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After five NHL group games, the Leesiders are unbeaten, and registered come-from-behind wins against All-Ireland champions Limerick and Leinster outfit Wexford.

Despite a long injury list that includes Mark Coleman, Tim O’Mahony, Darragh Fitzgibbon and Alan Connolly, it has been an positive spring for the Munster side.

“I think Cork have been going really well,” Mayler tells OurGame. “The first day, Limerick took the foot off the gas in the last 20 minutes of the game, made substitutions, but Cork were competitive that day and have done really well to date with the young fellas.

“They’ve tried an awful lot of the young fellas like Eoin Downey at full-back, and they’ve Ethan Twomey and so on.

“The problem will be going to Kilkenny, and how tough it is going to be at Nowlan Park, and Cork are going to get the test that they want.

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“I remarked to (senior selector) Donal O’Mahony that it was vital that Cork win on Sunday and give them another game before the Munster championship, because they’re not out on the first Sunday (of the competition).

“So they’ll be going into the second round cold, so I think they need another game in two weeks’ time in the league final. So it’s important.”

Meyler also gives his insights and thoughts on Ryan, who was previously on his Rebels management ticket.

He also gives his thoughts on the pre-season in GAA, the job that Liam Cahill is doing with Tipperary, and the three teams he predicts to come out of Munster.

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