SATURDAY

Division 1A
Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium, 7.30pm

Division 1B
Laois v Dublin, MW Hire Portlaoise, 5pm

Division 2A
Wicklow v Meath, Aughrim 3pm

Division 2B
Kildare v Donegal, Newbridge, 1pm

SUNDAY

Division 1A
Waterford v Westmeath, Walsh Park, 1.30pm
Galway v Limerick, Pearse Stadium, 3.45pm

Division 1B
Clare v Wexford, Ennis, 12.45pm
Kilkenny v Antrim, UPMC Nowlan Park, 1.30pm

Division 2A
Down v Carlow, Ballycran, 1pm
Offaly v Kerry, Bord na Mona O'Connor Park, 2pm

Division 2B
Roscommon v Mayo, Dr. Hyde Park, 2pm

Division 3A
Armagh v Longford, Athletic Grounds, 1pm
Tyrone v Monaghan, Omagh, 2pm

Division 3B
Cavan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, 2pm
Leitrim v Louth, Avant Money Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, 2pm

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ONLINE
Live blogs on RTÉ Sport Online and the RTÉ News app.

TV
Tipperary v Cork live on RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player, eir Sport2
Galway v Limerick live on TG4
Laois v Dublin, Waterford v Westmeath, Clare v Wexford and Kilkenny v Antrim streaming live on GAAGO.ie

Highlights on Allianz League Sunday, RTÉ2, 9.30pm

RADIO

Live commentaries on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday and Sunday Sport.

WEATHER

Saturday: Sunny spells and showers, some may be heavy with the risk of isolated thunderstorms. Highest temperatures of 11 to 15 degrees in light to moderate southerly or variable breezes.

Sunday: Sunny spells and scattered showers, becoming widespread during the afternoon with some showers turning heavy or thundery at times. Highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees, but cooler along northern coasts.

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Jason Forde scored 11 frees for Tipperary against Limerick last week

Diss-advantage

After the long wait comes the second of three weekends on the trot of top-tier hurling action. Sure you might be sick of it by then? No, us neither.

Only one game down, in what is admittedly even more of a warm-up competition than usual, but already different priorities are emerging.

A common one seems to be for a change of heart on the tweaked advantage rule, which now provides for an advantage only in the case of a goal-scoring opportunity or "another advantage to the team offended by creating or capitalising on time and space".

The latter vagueness was clarified last week as being only when the player who is fouled is clear and has space to run into (passing to a team-mate in space surprisingly doesn't count) but, following the glut of frees last weekend and managers lining up to criticise the change, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see the clarification clarified at some point.

The advantage furore completely overshadowed the introduction of the penalty/sin-bin for denying a goal-scoring opportunity, which was expected to be more contentious.

There was only one sin-binning last weekend (Laois' Lee Cleere for pulling down Rory O'Connor) but there were a couple of incidents where fouls inside the 20m were deemed to be shoves. Stopping a player in this manner is not covered by the rule and is a loophole that is likely to be much exploited over the summer.

Division 1

Munster rivals Tipperary and Cork meet at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening (Live on RTÉ2), having both made satisfactory starts last weekend.

Okay, Tipp didn't manage to beat Limerick - no-one has in the league since February 2019 - but they didn't lose either.

FULL FIXTURES & TABLES

Cork put in one of the performances of the round in hitting five goals past All-Ireland finalists Waterford. The Rebels were never behind en route to a 5-22 to 1-27 win.

The sides last met when Tipperary needed a late Jake Morris goal to seal victory in round two of the qualifiers in November.

Earlier on Saturday, Dublin will be aiming to bounce back from their five-point defeat to Kilkenny and make it three victories in a row over Laois since their surprise defeat to the same opposition in the 2019 championship.

Antrim and Kilkenny last met in the league in 2008

The undoubted stars of the show last weekend were Antrim, who backed up their progress last year with a superb, deserved win over Clare.

However, even the pundits claiming not to have been surprised would surely admit the Saffrons have a much tougher task on Sunday as they journey south to face Leinster champions Kilkenny at Nolan Park.

The Banner will try to redeem themselves against a familiar face as Davy Fitz brings Wexford to Ennis fresh from handing Laois a 19-point hammering.

Clare comfortably accounted for the Model men in last year's qualifiers and could do with a similar morale boost after a disappointing winter on the field and spring of tense county board meetings.

Galway host Limerick in arguably the tie of the round.

The Tribesmen are one of the few teams that can match the league and All-Ireland champions in the physical stakes and Shane O'Neill will want to lay down an early-season marker against his native county.

Galway put up a huge score (5-34) against Westmeath last week but there wasn't a goal to be seen when the teams last met in the All-Ireland semi-final, Limerick winning 0-27 to 0-24 on the day.

Westmeath travel to Waterford, who will be confident of getting back on track given they had got back within four points of Cork before conceding a flurry of late goals.

Regardless of the result, Westmeath have probably already scored the point of the year through Ciarán Doyle.

Division 2A

Carlow, relegated from Division 1 last year, Kerry, 2A finalists and Offaly were among the pre-season favourites to challenge for promotion and they all lived up to that billing in round one.

Marty Kavanagh top-scored with 2-09 (8f) in Carlow's win over Wicklow and his side make the trip to Ballycran to take on Down, who lost to Kerry by 11 points last weekend.

Kerry beat Offaly by three points in last year’s league but Michael Fennelly's men have also started well and had 16 points to spare over Meath (3-25 to 3-09).

The Royals (fourth in 2020) face Wicklow (fifth), who they beat by 2-24 to 3-18 in last year’s league.

Division 2B

Kildare, who finished third last year, enter the fray for their first game. They host Donegal (3A champions in 2020), who beat Roscommon last weekend.

Mayo, who made a winning start against Derry, travel to Dr Hyde Park to take on Roscommon. The Rossies conquerors Donegal have a bye week.

DIVISION 3A

It’s opening-round day in a group where the teams finished as follows last year: Armagh: Beaten 3A finalists; Tyrone third; Longford fourth; Monaghan fifth; Sligo 3B winners.

Division 3B

It’s also the first set of fixtures in 3B. Last year, Leitrim were beaten 3B finalists, Cavan fourth, Fermanagh fifth, and Louth relegated from 3A.

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