Cats pair Kavanagh and Ryall dismiss retirement talk

KILKENNY defensive duo Michael Kavanagh and James Ryall last night denied suggestions that they have made a decision to retire from inter-county hurling.

Usually reliable sources told this newspaper on Wednesday that the pair had decided to call it quits at inter-county level but Kilkenny county board secretary Ned Quinn insisted yesterday, having spoken to the players, that they have not reached such a decision.

Kavanagh has been a regular fixture at right corner-back on the Kilkenny side for the last decade, starting in each of the Cats All-Ireland triumphs between 2006 and 2009, but did not feature this season.

He already has seven All-Ireland senior medals and a record 12 Leinster medals to his name, since making his championship debut in 1998. Earlier this year he helped his club St Lachtain’s claim All-Ireland intermediate club honours.

Graigue-Ballycallan’s James Ryall, who has six All-Ireland medals, was introduced during last month’s All-Ireland semi-final win over Cork but has not featured regularly since the 2006 All-Ireland final victory over Cork.

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