Brian Cody and Michael Duignan have both raised concerns about the format of the new provincial hurling championships.

The two competitions are now being run off as five-team groups, but the rules running them aren’t the same.

If a Leinster team wins the tier two Joe McDonagh cup they will automatically replace the bottom team in Leinster next year.

But if Kerry win the McDonagh Cup, they will have to play off against the bottom team in Munster – a game they are unlikely to win.

Neither Kilkenny manager Brian Cody or Offaly All-Ireland winner Duignan are impressed with the double standard.

"Offaly have the smallest panel  in Leinster and they have games four weekends in-a-row. If they finish bottom, they’re relegated, whereas whoever finishes bottom of Munster get a play-off if Kerry win," said Duignan, speaking on the Sunday Game.

"There are different rules for the same competition and it’s nonsensical. This happens at Congress – these are people up there to guard against this, but continually these things happen and they don’t realise until it’s too late.

Cody was no more impressed, saying: "There’s no way any team in Leinster should be relegated.

"There’s no team being relegated in Munster so why it’s supposed to happen in Leinster, I have no idea. The quality of the teams in Leinster – if anyone thinks there is a lack of quality in Leinster, they’re absolutely wrong."

Cody was speaking after he saw his Kilkenny side edge past Dublin in a thrilling Leinster opener at Parnell Park.

Next up for the Cats are the Faithful County at Nowlan Park while Dublin travel to Wexford next weekend.