All Ireland hurling champions Kilkenny will face old rivals Tipperary in the opening match of the 2012 Allianz National Hurling League.
In a repeat of this year’s All-Ireland final, the Cats will host Tipperary at Nowlan Park in the first round of fixtures on February 26. On the same afternoon, Cork host Waterford and Galway play Dublin.
In the second round, Dublin take on Cork,while Tipperary face Galway and Waterford host Kilkenny.
The fixtures for the new Division 1B campaign see Limerick and Clare play in a local derby on February 25, with Offaly taking on Laois and Antrim playing Wexford the following day.
2012 NHL provisional fixtures:
Cork v Waterford, Galway v Dublin, Kilkenny v Tipperary;
Dublin v Cork, Tipperary v Galway, Waterford v Kilkenny.
Cork v Galway, Kilkenny v Dublin, Tipperary v Waterford.
Dublin v Tipperary.
Cork v Kilkenny, Galway v Waterford.
Waterford v Dublin, Kilkenny v Galway, Tipperary v Cork.
Limerick v Clare.
Offaly v Laois, Antrim v Wexford.
Clare v Antrim, Wexford v Offaly, Laois v Limerick.
Offaly v Antrim, Wexford v Limerick, Laois v Clare.
Limerick v Offaly.
Clare v Wexford, Antrim v Laois.
Wexford v Laois, Offaly v Clare, Antrim v Limerick.