Wexford, Kilkenny to be kept apart in Leinster draw

Champions Kilkenny and last season's beaten finalists Wexford are to be kept part in Friday's draw for the 2006 Guinness Leinster senior hurling championship.

Champions Kilkenny and last season's beaten finalists Wexford are to be kept part in Friday's draw for the 2006 Guinness Leinster senior hurling championship.

The Leinster Council have seeded the neighbouring rivals, guaranteeing them a place in separate semi-finals next summer.

2005 saw Wexford dispatch Laois in Leinster's last-four, while Kilkenny, who have won seven of the last eight Leinster SHC titles, thumped Offaly by 31 points before beating the Model men, 0-22 to 1-16, in the July final.

Dublin, under new full-time boss Tommy Naughton, Laois, with Dinny Cahill the favourite to lead the midlanders in 2006, Offaly and Westmeath are all in the hat for the quarter-finals.

In the Leinster football championship draw, champions Dublin, 2005 runners-ups Laois and beaten semi-finalists Wexford and Kildare will be seeded to avoid each other in both the first round and quarter-finals.

RTE will screen the draws for the 2006 Leinster Connacht and Munster championships, in both hurling and football, on Friday at 7.00pm, live from the Brehon Hotel in Killarney.

The GAA's National Club Forum takes place the following day in the county Kerry town.

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