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 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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