Ex-Galway defender Ollie Canning sees Tipperary and Limerick as being ahead of the chasing pack in Munster.
After two years of a round-robin format, this winter’s Munster SHC race is set to revert back to knock-out and Canning sees it as the competition everyone in hurling circles is looking forward to.
"It's a long road to go to win a Munster final,” he told Sky Sports’ Inside The Game.
"The question is, with the season coming so quickly...it's going to take a lot of energy out of teams, and very little recovery times. Most times, it's just a week or six days' turnaround.
"Cork and Waterford...maybe Tipp and Limerick are ahead of them as regards where they stand in the pecking order in Munster. But that Munster Championship on paper looks very exciting.
“I think as the club season starts to finish up with county finals getting finished, everybody is looking forward to the Munster Championship."Tweet