But I think it’s irrelevant both ways. A brilliant intercounty team doesn’t mean club hurling is particularly strong, and a strong club Championship doesn’t indicate that the county team will be good.
The truth is that nowadays 90% of intercounty hurlers have been with county teams from U-14 up and once they hit adult grade, barely train with the club. A strong club Championship can’t hurt, but I do think it’s largely irrelevant just because players spend so little time with their clubs.
There is also the question how do you measure a strong club championship anyway. Some counties might have a couple of teams capable of winning All-Irelands but the rest of the standard could be poor. Or there could be counties where the senior standard isn’t great but their lower grades might be very close to that level.
I do think standards are rising across the board, as is natural, I suppose. I know the standard of underage club hurling in Limerick is way up on what it was even 10 years ago.