Are rigid systems really killing off creativity in hurling?

Off The Ball speak to Christy O'Connor about his analyses of status quo

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"First-time or ground hurling, isn't coached anymore. Possession is king, but players still only have minimal time on the ball."

That's just one line from an intriguing article written by Christy O'Connor in The Sunday Times about changes in the way hurling is played.

And tonight, he joined Joe and Wooly on Off The Ball to outline his views and debate some of the stats such as the modern elite player having "on average, just 1.7 seconds to get rid of the ball once he has possession before being swallowed up".

"Players have never been more skillful. The accuracy, the speed, the physicality, I think the game is in brilliant shape. But I would just like myself to see that bit more expression and that bit more creativity because guys can do it," said O'Connor.

"A lot of it is playing the percentages and it's the way the game has been coached. We probably have to ask ourselves as coaches, we're coaching guys to do things better but the question is are we coaching guys to play the game better."