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Kilkenny duo retire

Kilkenny defenders Michael Kavanagh and James Ryall have announced their retirements from inter-county hurling in the wake of last Sunday's All-Ireland final defeat to Tipperary.

Kavanagh (31) lost his place to John Dalton this year, having started at right corner back in each of the All-Ireland victories between 2006 and 2009.

He won seven All-Ireland senior medals and a record 12 Leinster medals.

Ryall (29) has been mainly confined to the role of impact substitute in recent seasons. He won six All-Ireland medals during a distinguished career with the Cats.

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