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Published: 09:49 | 19/5/16

Kilkenny relishing Laois test

Ciaran Kilkenny does not believe Laois will fear playing Dublin in the Leinster SFC quarter-final at Nowlan Park.

Speaking after Laois' win over Wicklow last weekend, manager Mick Lillis suggested the O'Moore County are terrified of facing Dublin, claiming beating the All-Ireland champions will be a 'mammoth task'.

Kilkenny, however, has brushed off Lillis' claims and is prepared for a tough afternoon in Kilkenny.

"I'd say that they're looking forward to the challenge. They’ve been successful over the last ten years or so winning Under-21 championships," Kilkenny said. "There's a big crop of players involved.

"Anything can happen on any given day. We're enjoying our football. We've a lot of trust in our team. We'll just try and get our preparations right.

"Laois have a game under their belts so they've form going into it. It's going to be a good challenge."

The game at Nowlan Park will be Dublin's first championship match outside Croke Park since 2006 and Kilkenny is excited at the prospect of hitting the road.

"I'm buzzing with the chance to play in Nowlan Park, another ground, with the lads," he is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.

"It's great to play in different stadiums. This year we got to go to Paric Esler in Newry, MacHale Park in Castlebar, all these great grounds you get to go around.

"It's a great buzz on the bus going up to the games. We're really going to enjoy it, I'd say. It'll be the first round of the Championship for us, sunny weather, fast ground and fast ball so we're looking forward to it."

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