All-Ireland SHC quarter-final combined XV - Who makes our star-studded line-up?
Published 20/07/2016 | 19:11
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.
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.
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.