McGrath named as new Tipperary captain

Midfielder Shane McGrath has been confirmed as the Tipperary senior hurling captain for the 2013 season, a week before the county's Allianz Hurling League opener against Cork.

McGrath, an All-Ireland SHC winner in 2010, takes over the captaincy from Paul Curran. Tipperary manager Eamonn O'Shea has appointed Brendan Maher as vice-captain.

McGrath and Maher were Tipp's first choice midfield pairing last summer, lining out in the Munster Championship wins over Cork and Waterford and the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to eventual champions Kilkenny.

The 28-year-old McGrath plays his club hurling for Ballinahinch. He made his Championship debut against Limerick in 2006 and had gone in to play in 33 Championship matches, scoring 0-23 in the process.

He has four Munster winners' medals to his name, in addition to the Celtic Cross from 2010. He was an All-Star in 2008 and was also nominated in 2009 and 2010.

McGrath and Maher are part of a seven-man Tipperary contingent in the Munster hurling panel for tomorrow's M Donnelly Interprovincial Championship semi-final against Ulster at the Athletic Grounds (throw-in 12.30pm).

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