SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Allianz HL Division 1A
1900 Cork v Waterford, Páirc Ui Rinn
1900 Dublin v Galway, Parnell Park

Waterford made a great start to their defence of the Division 1 title on Sunday, beating Kilkenny by four points in Walsh Park, and will head for Páirc Ui Rínn on Saturday night to take on Cork, who lost to Galway by six points. 

The Déise recorded a big double over Cork last year, beating the Rebels by 1-24 to 0-17 in the Division 1 final in early May and by 3-19 to 1-21 in the Munster semi-final in June. 

Dublin also enjoyed a January success over their weekend rivals, Galway, winning the Walsh Cup semi-final by 1-28 to 1-19. They also beat the Tribes, 0-26 to 2-14, in last year’s league, but suffered a big defeat against the westerners [5-19 to 1-18] in the Leinster quarter-final replay, having drawn [0-20 to 1-17].

Allianz HL Division 3A
1500 Warwickshire v Louth, Páirc na hEireann

SUNDAY 21 FEBRUARY

Allianz HL Division 1A
1400 Kilkenny v Tipperary, Nowlan Park

The Kilkenny-Tipperary clash in Nowlan Park is the Sunday highlight, especially after the All-Ireland champions’ opening-day loss.  

Defeats in the first two rounds of the spring campaign are most unusual for Kilkenny, who will be determined to get back on track against their neighbours. 

Tipperary beat the Cats by 2-22 to 1-13 in the corresponding clash last year, having lost to the rivals in the group game and final in 2014.  

Allianz HL Division 1B
1400 Kerry v Limerick, Fitzgerald Stadium
1400 Offaly v Laois, O'Connor Park
1400 Wexford v Clare, Innovate Wexford Park

Kerry’s excellent performance was the main talking point after round one, having beaten Laois in O’Moore Park by seven points. It was a great start for the promoted Kingdom, who will have home advantage for their next outing against a Limerick team that made a superb start too, beating Wexford by 2-23 to 0-15. 

Limerick defeated the Kingdom by 2-23 to 0-18 in the Munster SH League in early January in the Gaelic Grounds. 

Clare’s determination to return to Allianz Hurling League Division 1A at the first attempt was underlined by their impressive win over Offaly last Sunday so they will be full of confidence as they head to Wexford to take on a home side that were well off the pace at the Gaelic Grounds last Saturday. 

Clare and Wexford did not meet in last year’s league as they were in different divisions but the Wexford men enjoyed a famous victory in the 2014 All-Ireland qualifiers, winning by 2-25 to 2-22 [after extra-time] in a replay. 

Two defeats are usually enough to end a team’s promotion chances which adds to the pressure on Offaly and Laois. They both lost last Sunday, making their clash in Tullamore crucial to their chances of staying in the promotion race. 

Offaly won by four points when the sides met in 1B but Laois turned the tables in the Leinster championship, winning 0-29 to 0-21.

Allianz HL Division 2A
1300 Carlow v London, Netwatch Cullen Park
1400 Antrim v Kildare, Ballycastle
1400 Westmeath v Derry, Cusack Park

Antrim, who dropped down from the second tier last year, will fancy their chances of further boosting their promotion chances when they host Kildare.

Carlow beat London by 3-12 to 0-7 in last year’s league while Derry defeated Westmeath by 2-15 to 3-10.

Allianz HL Division 2B
1400 Donegal v Armagh, Letterkenny
1400 Down v Wicklow, Páirc Esler
1400 Meath v Mayo

Allianz HL Division 3A
1400 Roscommon v Monaghan, Athleague, 2pm
1400 Tyrone v Fingal, Healy Park

ONLINE
Live blogs on all the weekend’s action from 1845 on Saturday and 1330 on Sunday.

ON RADIO
Sunday
1400
Updates on all of the day’s games on RTÉ Radio 1 

ON TV
Saturday
1415
Live coverage of the Sigerson Cup finals on TG4
1830 Cork v Waterford & Dublin v Galway live on Setanta Sports

Sunday
1330
Kilkenny v Waterford live and deferred coverage of Wexford v Clare live TG4
1930
Highlights from the weekend’s action on Allianz League Sunday on RTÉ 2 and RTÉ Player

All live/deferred games available worldwide via GAAGO

WEATHER

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: A frontal band of rain is likely to stall across the country, bringing persistent falls of rain to many areas, with spot flooding possible across the central belt of the country. Southern counties may however see just small amounts of rain, with the chance of some sunny spells in the far north, [coldest here too though]. Highest temperatures will range 5 to 13 degrees Celsius, north to south, with moderate to fresh westerly breezes.