Sunday 4 December 2016

Cody shuffles deck ahead of Dubs' visit

Published 19/03/2016 | 02:30

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody Photo: Sportsfile
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody Photo: Sportsfile

Brian Cody has made five changes to the Kilkenny side for tomorrow's Allianz NHL round five clash with Dublin at Nowlan Park including a start for 2014 All-Ireland-winning captain Lester Ryan at midfield.

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Ryan hit three points when replacing the injured Conor Fogarty after just two minutes against Cork, while John Power, who hit the injury-time winner at Páirc Uí Rinn, also gets the nod.

Other changes see Brian Kennedy, James Maher and Jonjo Farrell come in while opponents Dublin make two switches as Ger Cunningham drafts in forwards Colm Cronin and Mark Schutte.

Elsewhere, Cork manager Kieran Kingston has made one alteration to the Rebel side which suffered a last-gasp defeat to the Cats with Conor O'Sullivan coming in at No 4 for their all-Munster tie with Tipperary.

Michael Ryan makes a quartet of changes with James Barry and Conor O'Brien, getting his first start of the campaign, coming in along with John O'Dwyer, who hit the leveller against Galway last Sunday, and league debutant Kieran Morris.

TJ Ryan has shuffled the deck ahead of Limerick's promotion decider with Clare as captain Nickie Quaid, Richie English, Dan Morrissey, Cian Lynch and Declan Hannon all come in from their 32-point drubbing of Laois. Derek McGrath makes ten changes for Waterford's home game with Galway including places for goalkeeper Ian O'Regan, Shane O'Sullivan and All-Star Maurice Shanahan. tEAMS IN fACTFILE, p11

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