Inevitably, for a team who won all 12 of the matches they played last year, Limerick dominate the 2020 PwC hurling All-Star team, with nine of John Kiely's all-conquering side making the eventual XV.

The league and All-Ireland champions boast players in every single line of the All-Star team and hold a complete monopoly on the half-forward line, where Gearóid Hegarty and Tom Morrissey emerged as the stars of the truncated season. 

Of the remainder, All-Ireland finalists Waterford provide three members to the XV, with Clare, Galway and Kilkenny notching one spot each. 

1. Nickie Quaid (Limerick, 1st All-Star)

The 31-year-old Quaid missed out an all-star in the wake of Limerick's triumphant 2018 campaign, being edged out by Eoin Murphy. 

However, he was unlikely to be denied in 2020, having kept clean sheets from the Munster final onwards en route to a second All-Ireland title. 

He is the third member of the Quaid goalkeeping dynasty to be honoured with an all-star, his father Tommy taking the no.1 spot in 1992, while cousin Joe earned the honour in 1994 and 1996. 

2. Sean Finn (Limerick, 3rd All-Star)

Third successive all-star for Finn who is now universally hailed as one of the most formidable man-markers in the game. 

Finn was the only surviving member of the full-back line from the 2018 campaign, with both Richie English and Mike Casey laid low by cruciate injuries. 

The 24-year-old Bruff player had another stellar campaign, his stingy marking and game-reading abilities making him a cert for an all-star award from a long way out.

3. Dan Morrissey (Limerick, 2nd All-Star)

A second award for Morrissey, this time at full-back. 

The rangy and physically imposing Ahane player was previously named at wing-back on the all-star team as Limerick ended the 45-year wait in 2018. 

In 2020, he was asked to slot into the full-back position after Richie English was ruled out for the season. 

The re-jig was an outstanding success, Morrissey being one of the key cogs in a Limerick defence which only conceded three goals all year, all in the first two games, one of which should have been chalked off. It was a great testament to the versatility of the 27-year old. 

4. Daithí Burke (Galway, 5th All-Star)

Joins Joe Cooney, Joe Canning and Pete Finnerty as part of the small group of Galway hurlers to win five all-stars. 

Almost a permanent fixture on the all-star team since 2015, the 2019 campaign being the odd year out as a rather jaded looking Galway outfit were edged out in the Leinster championship in peculiar circumstances. 

Burke returned to form in 2020, in particular delivering an impressively dogged display as the Galway inside-line hung tough against Limerick in the All-Ireland semi-final. The 28-year-old dual player is now firmly established as one of Galway's all-time greats. 

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick, 1st All-Star)

Unquestionably, one of the great scoring half-backs, Byrnes scoops his first all-star award, having been pipped by teammate Dan Morrissey and Hurler of the Year contender Padraic Mannion in 2018. 

The Patrickswell wing-back plundered points in all five of Limerick's championship games, landing points from play as well as the familiar booming long range frees. 

It's quite a job to select the most dominant 'line' in the Limerick team. The half-forward line probably gets the nod but Byrnes was a shining light in the All-Ireland champions ferociously powerful half-back-line. 

6. Tadhg de Burca (Waterford, 2nd All-Star)

The 2015 Young Hurler of the Year scoops his first all-star since that year. De Burca's cruciate injury early in the All-Ireland final was a hammer blow to Waterford's chances, as well as a significant setback for 2021. 

Waterford's feted sweeper had been pegged as a near cert for an all-star since his display against Cork in the Munster semi-final, when he hoovered up a bewildering amount of possession. 

He delivered further fine displays in the victories Clare and Kilkenny as teams struggled to by-pass him and reduce his influence. After a stuttering start, Limerick managed to do so sufficiently in the Munster final before an early injury took him out of the All-Ireland decider. 

7. Kyle Hayes (Limerick, 1st All-Star)

Became obligatory to compare Hayes to a supercar as he careered up the wing at every opportunity. 

Named Man of the Match at centre-forward in the 2018 All-Ireland final, Hayes was shifted back to wing-back as the aforementioned injuries forced a re-jig of Limerick's defensive lines. 

The switch was such a success, it's hard to see Limerick reverting back to the original line-up.

The 2018 Young Hurler of the Year was edged out of the all-star team that year but was never going to be denied this time around.   

8. Jamie Barron (Waterford, 3rd All-Star)

A Hurler of the Year contender in 2017, the rampaging midfielder claims his third all-star award, largely earned off the back of displays against Clare and Kilkenny. 

The 27-year-old was one of the most visible exemplars of Waterford's potent running game, frequently bursting forward to assist scores and notch points himself. 

With two All-Ireland final appearances under his belt (both ending in defeat) Barron just pips Will O'Donoghue in midfield. 

9. Tony Kelly (Clare, 2nd All-Star)

Perhaps surprisingly, it's only Kelly's second all-star since winning the Hurler of the Year award as a 19-year-old in Clare's glory season in 2013. 

The Banner under-performed badly until 2018 when it was Peter Duggan and John Conlon, rather than Kelly, who were named as all-stars following their resurgent campaign that summer. 

With Conlon and Duggan both absent for the 2020 campaign, it seemed to clear the stage for Kelly, who became almost the sole focal point for Clare's attack. The result was a string of remarkable performances against Limerick, Laois and Wexford, where he rustled up a staggering haul of 1-45, roughly one third of which came from play. Alas, an early injury reduced his effectiveness against Waterford in the quarter-final, though he remained on throughout. 

There were an even murmurings he could be a contender for the Hurler of the Year award, an unheard of notion for a player whose team were eliminated at the quarter-final stage. 

10. Gearóid Hegarty (Limerick, 1st All-Star)

A shoo-in for the team in 2020, Hegarty admitted in an interview last month that he'd to ask people whether he was "dreaming" after landing 0-07 from play in the All-Ireland final. 

Nominated for an all-star in 2018 but failing to get one, Hegarty was perceived as just another player in the Limerick team. Now, he stands out as one of the unquestioned stars of the side. 

The 26-year-old landed a tally of 0-20 from play across the championship, making him the obvious favourite for Hurler of the Year from a long way out. 

11. Cian Lynch (Limerick, 2nd All-Star)

The 2018 Hurler of the Year claims his second all-star gong, this time in the half-forward line. 

Amid the beasts of the Limerick middle third, Lynch is one of their physically slighter figures, hailed for his flair and nonchalance in possession. 

The Patrickswell player didn't manage a score in the All-Ireland final (though he almost worked and finished what would have been a brilliant goal early on) but he was especially influential in the closing stages against Galway, coolly notching a couple of scores as Limerick were being sucked into a battle. 

12. Tom Morrissey (Limerick, 1st All-Star)

Another open and shut case for the selectors, Morrissey, like Hegarty on the other wing, was patently destined for the team after a sensational 2020 campaign. 

Landing 0-17 across the five championship outings, Morrissey reserved his best display for arguably Limerick's most uncomfortable evening, their three-point win over Galway in the semi-final. 

In a tense endgame, the Ahane hurler rustled up three of his side's final four points, seeing them into another All-Ireland final and claiming the Man of the Match crystal in the process. 

There followed another bravura display in the final as he lobbed over 0-05 against Waterford.

13. Aaron Gillane (Limerick, 2nd All-Star)

Despite a rather quiet evening in the All-Ireland semi-final, the Patrickswell marksman collects his second all-star award. 

Originally deemed an injury doubt for the final, Gillane recovered in time to deliver a super display, swinging over 0-10 (0-04 from play) as Limerick sauntered to another title. 

The 24-year-old emerged as the top scorer in the Munster championship, racking up 2-28 across the three games, show-casing his improvisational abilities when he kicked home a skittery goal against Tipperary in the rainy provincial semi-final in Páirc Ui Chaoimh. 

The 2020 campaign cemented Gillane's status as one of the top forwards of the era and he edges out Brian Concannon for a slot in the corner.  

14. TJ Reid (Kilkenny, 5th All-Star)

Inevitably, space has to be found for the great TJ Reid, who scoops his fifth all-star gong since 2012.

As has often been the case in recent years, Reid shone even in defeat, whipping over 1-14 as Kilkenny were overwhelmed by the Waterford wave in the second half. The Ballyhale Shamrocks legend did his utmost to hold back the tide. 

Reid found the net in all three of Kilkenny's championship games. Well shackled for the guts of an hour in the Leinster final, Reid rustled up a brilliant goal seconds after Richie Hogan's strike as Kilkenny edged Galway in a smash-and-grab to claim a first provincial decider in four years.  

15. Stephen Bennett (Waterford, 1st All-Star)

The top scorer in the 2020 championship, Bennett delivered one of the all-time great performances in the second half of the All-Ireland semi-final, inspiring Waterford to a stunning comeback victory over Kilkenny.

On the frees, Bennett racked up big scoring hauls across the campaign, reaching double figures in every match, nailing three points from play against Clare and against Limerick in the Munster final.

But it was the All-Ireland semi-final performance which rendered him a cert for the all-star team - his first award - notching 1-04 from play, with his goal early in the second half sparking the famous comeback.