SUNDAY 1 JULY

Throw-in 
Semple Stadium, 2pm Sunday

Online 
Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 1.30pm. 

Radio 
Live and exclusive national commentary on Sunday Sport, RTÉ Radio 1 with Pauric Lodge and Shane McGrath.

TV 
The Sunday Game Live on RTÉ 1 from 1.10pm with expert analysis from Ger Loughnane, Cyril Farrell, Henry Shefflin and Liam Sheedy. Commentary by Marty Morrissey, with Brendan Cummins as co-commentator.

Past 5 Championship Meetings 
2018
Cork 2-23 Clare 1-21 (Munster round-robin) 
2017 Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20 (Munster final) 
2015 Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17 (All-Ireland qualifier) 
2014 Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18 (Munster semi-final) 
2013 Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16 (All-Ireland final) replay

It's five years since Clare beat Sunday's opponents in the memorable 2013 All-Ireland final replay, with the Rebels winning all subsequent four encounters, including the opening provincial game of the championship at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The Rebels have had the Indian sign over the Banner, failing to win just two of their last 13 meetings in Championship hurling, though those on Leeside need little reminding of those two outliers in Croke Park five years ago.

Gerry O’Connor (below) and Donal Moloney have seen their Clare side improve with each outing and their forward division is really beginning to show the quality it has threatened fleetingly since the Liam MacCarthy success five years ago.

Doubts persist in the full-back line and up against pacy forwards, the back division has struggled on occasions - which will be music to the ears of their opposition, who have speed and skill in abundance.

Their battling qualities, which have been called into question on various occasions over the years, have shone through in their unbeaten run, most notably in their drawn games to Limerick and Tipperary.

John Meyler will be hoping for a repeat of last year;s provincial decider, when the Rebels prevailed by five points, but knows a greater defensive effort is required against a Clare attack that has mixed direct running with long ball delivery into the full-forward line.

Form Guide 
Cork
, along with Galway, are the only unbeaten sides remaining in the Championship, and topped the standings in Munster with two wins and Two draws.

John Meyler’s men began and ended with victories, a home victory over the Banner, and concluded with a late surge to see off already-eliminated Waterford. Sandwiched in between were two battling draws.

The Rebels raced into a nine-point lead over Tipperary before they were pegged back by a last-gasp score, while their draw with Limerick was one of the games of the summer, with Kyle Hayes striking late at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Clare bounced back from the disappointing opening-day defeat on Leeside to reel off three successive wins.

Waterford were easily accounted for in round two, while they had 11 points to spare over a flat Limerick on the final day in Ennis. The clash with Tipperary in Thurles was the game that really breathed fire back into their season, hitting three late points to dump the home side out of the Championship.

Player Watch (John Conlon)

The Clonlara man is enjoying a stellar season so far and has arguably been Clare’s most influential forward in their march to the final. Cork only need to refer back to the clash in May for a reminder of his ability when he picked off five points

He added 1-09 in the following three outings and the 29-year-old is one of the best in the business at winning primary possession and this year has taken on more responsibility on the scoring front.

At home in either the half-forward line, or closer to goal, he could cause Cork huge problems with his physical approach.

In his 10th season on the Clare panel, he could well occupy the full-forward berth and a possible duel with Damien Cahalan could be one of the match-ups of the game.

Darragh Fitzgibbon (Cork)

Cork are blessed with speed and skill up front, and the presence of Darragh Fitzgibbon marauding forward from midfield is a huge weapon for John Meyler.

The 21-year-old slotted into the Cork team seamlessly last year and has continued that form in 2018, averaging two points a game, including three against Clare in May.

The UCC student covers a huge amount of ground each and every game, linking defence with attack, and will be in for  astern test on Sunday.

Cathal Malone and Colm Galvin are a formidable partnership in their own right, with Tony Kelly often loitering with intent, but along with Bill Cooper, Fitzgibbon will look to put his own stamp on the game.

Weather 
Sunday promises to be another day of glorious sunshine, with highest temperatures of 22 degrees. An increase level of cloud should mean it is slightly cooler than earlier this week, but still a day for t-shirts, shorts and sunscreen.

Follow  Cork v Clare  on  Sunday  (throw-in 2pm)  via  the  live  blog  on RTÉ.ie/Sport and  the  News Now  App,  live on RTÉ2’s The Sunday Game or  listen  to live  updates on  RTÉ  Radio  1’s Sunday Sport.