Thursday 23 February 2017

All-Ireland SHC quarter-final combined XV - Who makes our star-studded line-up?

Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

There are some huge players on show this weekend
There are some huge players on show this weekend

Waterford, Wexford, Galway and Clare will all be in action on Sunday hoping to join hurling powerhouses Kilkenny in the last four of the All-Ireland series. We've chosen our best XV from the players who will take to the pitch at Semple Stadium this weekend.

The side includes four Waterford players, a quartet of Tribesmen, four hurlers from Clare and three Wexford stars.

1. Stephen O'Keeffe (Waterford)

Had a day to forget in the Munster final but remains one of the best shot-stoppers in the game and excels with tactical puck-outs. Wexford's Mark Fanning unlucky to miss out, especially considering his ability to his the back stanchion of the opposition goals from penalties.


2. Noel Connors (Waterford)

Has become a much more vocal figure in 2016 and has been backing that up on the field.

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3. Matthew O'Hanlon (Wexford)

Teak-tough and no-nonsense, exactly what you want at full-back. Brings enormous physicality to the party.


4. Johnny Coen (Galway)

One of the country's most experienced corner-backs who likes to operate on the edge.


5. Tadhg de Burca (Waterford)

A cornerstone in Waterford's revival over recent years. De Burca is a great reader of the game. Rarely flashly but effective and reliable.


6. Austin Gleeson (Waterford)

Arguably, the most exciting young player striking a sliotar at the moment. His only issue is finding out what position he is most effective from.

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7. David McInerney (Clare)

A nightmare for opposition forwards. Frighteningly quick and tough as old boots.


8. Colm Galvin (Clare)

One of the most important cogs in the Banner side. Clare are simply a different animal when Galvin is on his game.


9. David Burke (Galway)

A leader in a Galway team that needs leaders. A serious workhorse in the middle third.


10. Tony Kelly (Clare)

Unstoppable when he's on form. His league final exploits were a reminder of how accurate he is. Rivals Richie Hogan as the most natural player in the Championship.


11. Lee Chin (Wexford)

Chin's aerial prowess and athleticism make him a great outlet for the ball, he is troubling the scoreboard on a more regular basis this year when he gets on it.


12. Cathal Mannion (Galway)

A powerful runner and an accurate finisher, the best is yet to come from this 21-year-old.


13. Shane O'Donnell (Clare)

An instinctive finisher and a very busy operator. Clare will need a big showing from his this Sunday.


14. Joe Canning (Galway)

Galway are All-Ireland contenders as long as this guy is fit. You get the feeling that a huge display is on the horizon from the Portumna native.


15. Conor McDonald (Wexford)

A player capable of notching up huge scoring tallies. Has the size and skill to be an even greater influence on affairs. Like Mannion, he's just 21.


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