Friday 18 August 2017

Cody's son handed Kilkenny call-up for All-Ireland champions' showdown with League winners

Cody's inclusion releases Cillian Buckley, pictured, for midfield duty in place of Michael
Fennelly (SPORTSFILE)
Cody's inclusion releases Cillian Buckley, pictured, for midfield duty in place of Michael Fennelly (SPORTSFILE)
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Waterford will have to cope with a Cody on and off the field after the Kilkenny manager selected his son on the team for the opening round of the Allianz Hurling League in Walsh Park tomorrow afternoon.

Diarmuid Cody, who impressed with Kilkenny U-21s in recent seasons, will line out at left half-back on a team that features no fewer than 12 of the starting 15 that beat Galway in last year's All-Ireland final.

Cody's inclusion releases Cillian Buckley for midfield duty in place of Michael Fennelly. The two other changes are in attack, where Jonjo Farrell and Mark Kelly come into the full-forward line for the injured Ger Aylward and Eoin Larkin.

Jackie Tyrrell, who missed the All-Ireland semi-final and final due to injury, is named among the subs.

Waterford will have 14 of the team that lost to Kilkenny by six points in the All-Ireland semi-final. In a re-arranged line-up, Patrick Curran comes in for Tadgh de Burca.

Galway will start with eight of the starting 15 who featured in the All-Ireland final for the clash with Cork in Pearse Stadium. They introduce a newcomer at midfield where Adrian Tuohy (Beagh) will partner new captain David Burke.

Paul Hoban (Loughrea) gets his chance at left full-back while the No 3 jersey goes to Daithi Burke, who was in the half-back line last year. Davy Glennon, who missed the later part of last season, returns at left full-forward.

Christopher Joyce returns to the Cork team, having missed most of last year's action after sustaining a cruciate ligament injury in March.

He is chosen at full-back, with William Egan at centre-back. The Rebels will have 13 of the 19 that were hit for a 12-point defeat by Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final last July.

There are no newcomers on the Cork team, which is rather surprising, given their disappointing performances against Waterford and Galway in last year's championship.

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