Dublin boss Pat Gilroy has included three Cuala players in his starting 15 to play Kilkenny in Sunday’s Leinster SHC first round clash at Parnell Park.
Fresh from winning back-to-back All-Ireland club titles, Cian O’Callaghan and Sean Moran return to bolster the Dubs’ defence for Gilroy’s first championship game at the helm of the senior hurlers. O’Callaghan and Moran anchor the back-lines while wing-forward Jake Malone completes the trio of starters for the Dalkey club.
Club Player of the Year Moran will make his championship debut for the Dubs and there are first starts for Malone and Kilmacud Crokes’ Fergal Whitely at this level.
Liam Rushe has put his early-season injury woes behind him to line out at full-forward while the returning Conal Keaney and Danny Sutcliffe accompany each other in the half-forward line.
Dublin (Leinster SHC v Kilkenny): Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Cian O’Callaghan, Bill O’Carroll; Shane Barrett, Sean Moran, Chris Crummey; Rian McBride, Eoghan O’Donnell; Jake Malone, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe; Fergal Whitely, Liam Rushe, Paul Ryan.
Kilkenny boss Brian Cody has revealed his starting 15 for Sunday afternoon’s Leinster senior hurling championship first round clash against Dublin.
Former All Star Ger Aylward starts at left corner-forward after recovering from a series of injuries which have troubled him over the past 12 months.
Elsewhere, Paul Murphy and Colin Fennelly are named on the bench after missing out on the entire National League campaign due to peace keeping duties in South Lebanon with the Irish Army.
Richie Hogan, who was absent during the league with a back injury, is not named in the 26-man squad for the trip to the capital.
Throw-in at Parnell Park is at 2pm.
Kilkenny (Leinster SHC v Dublin): Eoin Murphy; Joey Holden, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Conor Delaney, Cillian Buckley, Enda Morrissey; Richie Leahy, James Maher; Martin Keoghan, TJ Reid, John Donnelly; Bill Sheehan, Walter Walsh, Ger Aylward.
Subs: Darren Brennan, Conor O’Shea, Paul Murphy, Conor Browne, Jason Cleere, Lester Ryan, Conor Fogarty, Pat Lyng, Liam Blanchfield, Colin Fennelly, Luke Scanlon.