Richie Hogan has been ruled out of the Kilkenny’s provincial title defence opener after breaking a bone in his hand while playing for his club Danesfort last month. Injured captain Shane Prendergast also misses the clash against Dublin
There is good news for the All-Ireland champions however, as Eoin Larkin returns at number 15 for his first competitive appearance of 2016 after a tour of duty in Syria.
Brian Cody’s charges welcome back Conor Fogarty from a long-lay off with injury at midfield, while the Fennelly brothers, Michael and Colin also start and form the spine of the attack.
Kilkenny (SHC v Dublin): Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Joey Holden, Jackie Tyrrell; Padraig Walsh, Kieran Joyce, Cillian Buckley; Conor Fogarty, Lester Ryan; Walter Walsh, Michael Fennelly, TJ Reid; Jonjo Farrell, Colin Fennelly, Eoin Larkin.
Subs: Richie Reid, Robert Lennon, Diarmuid Cody, Conor O’Shea, Conor Martin, Kevin Kelly, John Power, Mark Bergin, Liam Blanchfield, Chris Bolger, Michael Malone.