John Mullane says that the new Munster Hurling Championship format suits the province and is going to be "dog eat dog".

Each of the five teams, Waterford, Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and Cork, will play four games with the top two at the end playing in the Munster final and then on to the All-Ireland series, along with the third-place team.

"I think this is the most eagerly awaited Munster Championship since before the back-door came in," the former Waterford forward told RTÉ 2fm’s Game On.

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"[It’s going] back to the 90s when we had a fantastic championship when it was dog eat dog.

"What we are going to have this year is week after week.

"The margins for error are very slim and you’ve really got to hit the ground running.

"I think that’s going to excite the fans and the players. The players are going to embrace it.

"Let’s be honest about it, the last couple of years, I think the Munster championship was a small bit diluted and it probably didn’t kick in until the knock-out stages."