Missing in action: 15 hurling stars we won’t see in 2021

Kieran Shannon selects a team of players who won't be taking to the hurling fields this summer for one reason or another
Missing in action: 15 hurling stars we won’t see in 2021

Anthony Nash

1 ANTHONY NASH (Cork) 

C’ship debut 2008 

Retired (Age 36) 

4 Munster titles, 2 All Stars 

2 PAUL MURPHY (Kilkenny) 

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy

Debut 2011 

Retired (Age 32) 

4 All Irelands, 4 All Stars, 4 Leagues, 5 Leinsters

3 STEPHEN McDONNELL (Cork) 

Stephen McDonnell
Stephen McDonnell

Debut 2011 

Retired (Age 32) 

2 Munster titles, 2013 All Ireland final appearance

4 TOM CONDON (Limerick) 

Tom Condon and his son Nicky (aged 2)
Tom Condon and his son Nicky (aged 2)

Debut 2009 

Retired (Age 33) 

2 All Irelands, 3 Munsters, 2 Leagues

5 PAUDIE FOLEY (Wexford) 

Paudie Foley
Paudie Foley

Debut 2015 

Opted out (Age 26) 

2019 Leinster champion and All Star nominee

6 CHRISTOPER JOYCE (Cork)

Christopher Joyce
Christopher Joyce

Debut 2012 

Omitted (Age 29) 

3 Munster titles, 2013 All Ireland final appearance

7 CONAL KEANEY (Dublin) 

Conal Keaney
Conal Keaney

Debut 2001 

Retired (Age 38) 

2013 Leinster, 2011 League, 5 Leinster football championships

8 AIDAN WALSH (Cork) 

Aidan Walsh
Aidan Walsh

Debut 2014 (Hurling) 

Omitted (Age 31) 

2014 Munster (1 All Ireland, 3 Leagues, 2 All Stars in football)

9 BRENDAN MURTAGH (Westmeath) 

Brendan Murtagh
Brendan Murtagh

Debut 2001 

Retired (Age 38) 

3 Christy Rings, 2 Railway Cups

10 AARON CUNNINGHAM (Clare) 

Aaron Cunningham
Aaron Cunningham

Debut 2012 

Opted out (Age 28) 

2013 All Ireland, 2016 League, 3 U21 All Irelands

11 PODGE COLLINS (Clare) 

Podge Collins
Podge Collins

Debut 2012 

Opted for football (Age 29) 

2013 All Ireland and All Star, 2016 League, 2 U21 All Irelands

12 CONOR LEHANE (Cork) 

Conor Lehane
Conor Lehane

Debut 2011 

Omitted (Age 28) 

3 Munsters, 2013 All Ireland final goalscorer, 3 All Star nominations

13 PAUL RYAN (Dublin) 

Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan

Debut 2008

Retired (Age 32) 

2011 League final winner and top scorer, 2013 Leinster final winner and goalscorer

14 COLIN FENNELLY (Kilkenny) 

Colin Fennelly
Colin Fennelly

Debut 2011

Opted out (Age 31) 

4 All Irelands, 3 Leagues, 2 All Stars, 5 Leinsters, 5 club All Irelands

15 GER AYLWARD (Kilkenny) 

Ger Aylward
Ger Aylward

Debut 2013 

Retired (Age 28) 

2 All Irelands, 2015 All Star, 3 Leinsters

- You can read the Irish Examiner's 20-page special publication looking forward to the Allianz Hurling League and Championship with your Friday edition of the Irish Examiner in stores or from our epaper site.

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