Rossies learn their Sam Maguire fate

Roscommon face a possible Croke Park showdown with Dublin in their opening Sam Maguire Cup fixture with games against the Connacht runners-up and Kildare to follow.

The Rossies were drawn in Group 3 alongside the winners of the Dublin v Louth Leinster final, the losers of Galway v Sligo, and manager Davy Burke’s native Kildare.

Roscommon will travel to take on the Leinster champions on the weekend of May 27th/28th, which could mean a potential trip to HQ to take on the ‘Boys in Blue’.

Their second match will be a home fixture against Sligo or Galway on the weekend of June 3rd/4th before they face Kildare at a neutral venue two weeks later on June 17th/18th.

Elsewhere, Mayo have been drawn in Group 1 with the Munster champions, Leinster runners-up and Cork while the Connacht champions will be rewarded with a place in a possible ‘Group of Death’ alongside the Ulster runners-up, Tyrone and Westmeath.