Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2pm Sunday.


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Past Five Championship Meetings

2017: Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-17 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

2014: Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17 (All-Ireland SHC semi-final)

2012: Kilkenny 4-16 Limerick 1-16 (All-Ireland SHC quarter-final)

2007: Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15 (All-Ireland SHC final)

2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13 (All-Ireland SHC quarter-final)

Kilkenny and Limerick are set to meet in the All-Ireland championship for the fourth time in seven years and their 13th championship meeting in all on Sunday. 

It's a clean sweep of wins for Kilkenny so far, including their 2007 All-Ireland final meeting after Limerick sensationally defeated a much fancied Waterford side in the semi-final.

They clashed in last year's campaign with TJ Reid shooting eight points for Brian Cody's side as they prevailed with a narrow three-point victory.

They've met in two All-Ireland quarter-finals and one semi-final over the last 13 years.

Henry Shefflin celebrating a goal for Kilkenny in the 2007 All-Ireland SHC final.

Form Guide

After an apparent slide in form, Kilkenny proved there's still some purr left in the Cats with a clinical display against Galway in the Leinster final to force a replay with the champions.

Padraig Walsh excelled in the air at full-back, plucking sliotars out of the sky for fun.

Reid's dead-ball accuracy was as consistent as ever while team captain Cillian Buckley produced a man-of-the-match performance as he commanded Kilkenny's defence from centre-back.

Galway would go on to win the replay after accumulating a 0-11 lead inside the opening 20 minutes. But Kilkenny's ability to claw back from a seemingly lifeless position manifested itself once again and they pulled the Tribesmen back to a point in the second half.

Facing into a third consecutive week of championship action, coupled with the disappointment of missing out on Leinster honours, will be a tricky factor for Cody's charges to manage.

Limerick on the other hand, have emerged as a surprise survivor of the new round-robin series in the Munster championship and will arguably be sharper and better rested for this tie.

They held the defending champions Cork to a draw and recorded victories over Tipperary and Waterford on the way to a third-place finish on the table.

Limerick played out most of that fixture against Cork without key forward Aaron Gillane, who received a straight red card for a strike on Cork corner-back Seán O'Donoghue. The fact that the Shannonsiders managed to come away with something from a strong Cork outfit illustrates the strength and depth in the squad, and manager John Kiely expressed his anger about the decision after the game.

"I'm very proud of my team," he told RTÉ Sport after the epic encounter.

"We shouldn't have been put down to 14 men, it was a joke. I was delighted with the performance of our lads."

Limerick comfortably accounted for Carlow in their preliminary quarter-final last Saturday and their last championship outing before that was against Clare in the provincial competition on 17 June.

There's plenty of scope there for them to conserve energy ahead of the Semple Stadium showdown, but GAA pundit Michael Duignan told RTÉ Sport that Kilkenny's recent schedule of games won't negate their performance on Sunday.

"I think the Cats love their hurling so much that the schedule won't bother them at all. They would play everyday if they could.

"I believe they have been building for a day like this, they'll have their strongest XV out, that's if Walter Walsh is okay - he picked up a groin injury last week.

"Limerick went down tamely against Clare, and they exited the U21 championship tamely enough as well.

"And while I have spoken about the strength of Limerick's panel and they are building towards something in that I think there is an All-Ireland in this team, Kilkenny will rally the troops here.

"They'll see the prize of an All-Ireland semi-final, while also believing that they are not that far away from winning an All-Ireland. That belief and desire will carry them over the line."


Sunday will be cloudy and misty generally, but some hazy sunshine too, mainly in eastern areas early on. Outbreaks of rain in western areas in the morning will spread slowly eastwards during the afternoon and evening. But amounts away from Atlantic coastal areas will be small. Highs of 17 to 20 C., in Atlantic coastal counties, but 21 to 23 C., elsewhere. Moderate southerly winds will be fresh in some coastal areas. Mild and misty overnight. Damp at first, but the rain will become confined to more eastern areas after midnight. Amounts will be small. Lows of 10 to 14 C., are expected.  

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