Over the last 40 years, The Sunday Game has brought the GAA football and hurling championships into your homes.

And now, we want you to help us choose the best XV in each code of the TV era - picking the best XV from All-Star winners of the Sunday Game era (1979-present)

Cast three votes for your All-Star hurling full-forwards of choice below or email teamselection@rte.ie to make any more considered contributions. We will be debating these teams across our platforms in the coming weeks.


Before we go any further into this post on the final line of our staggeringly controversial 'All-Stars Hurling Team of the Sunday Game Era', we must point out the reason why neither Joe Canning, DJ Carey or Henry Shefflin are listed among the nominees here. 

The reason is that all three have already been selected by you the readers in the half-forward line.

Shefflin is straightforward given that he won the vast majority of his numerous All-Stars (all with the exception of 2007 in fact) in the half-forwards.

Canning is a bit more of a puzzler given that he won the first three of his five All-Stars in the inside line and it is often held that full-forward is his best position. Carey won five of his eight All-Stars between 1991 and 2002 in the full-forward line. However, the public have selected both in the half-forwards and we can't pick them twice.

The most prolific All-Star winner in the full-forward line at the turn of the 1980s was Limerick's Joe McKenna who collected six, mainly in the full-forward spot, between 1974 and 1981. 

His legendary partner in crime, the wonderfully stylish Eamonn Cregan, picked up three All-Star gongs between 1971 and 1980, though oddly enough, neither Cregan nor McKenna earned nods in Limerick's All-Ireland winning year of 1973. Both are in for your consideration here. 

Jimmy Barry Murphy

Jimmy Barry Murphy was, and for a certain generation remains, the darling and chief idol of the Cork faithful. He was wing-forward on the All-Star team for every year of Cork's fabled three in a row from 1976-78. 

As the 70s gave way to the 80s, he shifted further up the pitch and collected another couple of All-Stars in 1983 - the year of his famous wonder-goal when he re-directed John Fenton's fizzing low drive into the top corner against Galway - and in 1986, when he added a fifth hurling All-Star to a fifth All-Ireland medal in his swansong year. 

Ballyhale legend Liam Fennelly was the leading light in the full-forward line for Kilkenny in what was, by their standards, a lean enough decade. Fennelly collected four All-Star awards throughout his career, three arriving in the 1980s before a fourth and final one in his triumphant farewell season in 1992.

Noel Lane is best remembered nationally as the goal-scoring super-sub in Galway's glory days of the late 80s but it was in two of the westerners' down years that he won back-to-back All-Stars in 1983 and 1984. Remarkably, between the four All-Ireland semi-finals and All-Ireland finals Galway played between '85 and '88, Lane scored goals in six of the eight matches, despite being deployed as sub in the majority of games. 

Tipperary's inside-forward line was their finest weapon as they finally emerged from the doldrums in the late 1980s. Nicky English, Pat Fox and Cormac Bonner all won multiple All-Stars, English winning six in total and earning the Hurler of the Year gong in 1989. With injuries laying low the other two in 1991, Fox delivered the goods and won the Hurler of the Year award as Babs Keating's side picked up a second title in three years. 

Nicky English in riotous mood in the 1989 All-Ireland final

Otherwise, the All-Stars, as well as the All-Irelands were spread around in the 90s. John Fitzgibbon, Ger O'Loughlin, Billy Dooley and Michael Cleary all won multiple All-Stars in the full-forward line though the latter was as well known as a half-forward. The elegant Joe Dooley surprisingly only won one All-Star and is included here. 

Entering the noughties, the most prolific All-Star in the inside-forward line was Tipperary legend Eoin Kelly, who earned six gongs between, and including, his two All-Ireland winning years in 2001 and 2010.

Cork recovered from their disconcerting mid-90s lull to win three titles between 1999 and 2005 and their diminutive inside-forward Joe Deane, who terrorised backlines, regularly tossing over points with a trademark shortened stick, collected three awards as the Munster aristocrats returned to the top table.  

In an era dominated by Kilkenny, full-forward line All-Stars are surprisingly thin on the ground, though Martin Comerford, Eddie Brennan and, from an earlier vintage, Charlie Carter won multiple awards in the noughties.

Goal machine Eddie Brennan slots home another in the 2007 All-Ireland quarter-final

The decade just passed has seen Seamus Callanan, Pat Horgan and, in the early years, John Mullane win several All-Stars. 

The spiky Waterford corner forward won five in total, including four on the trot between 2009 and 2012, even if the Déise, so impressive in Munster in that era, ultimately fell shy of Liam MacCarthy honours. 

Lar Corbett was the darling for Tipp at the turn of the decade, earning three All-Stars in a row from 2009-11, lashing home a hat-trick in the famous 2010 All-Ireland and then 4-04 in the following year's Munster final. 

Callanan and Horgan have been the standard bearers in recent years, with one of them occupying at least one of the positions every year since 2013.