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Cody has full hand to play

BRIAN CODY has his full panel to select from for the first time this year as Kilkenny go in search of a 12th Leinster SHC title in 13 years on Sunday in Croke Park.

Both James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick and John Tennyson are back fully fit and have declared themselves available to face the Tribesmen, though it is unlikely that either will start.

2008 All-Ireland winning captain, Fitzpatrick, hasn't played a competitive match since May 27 when he damaged a hamstring in a club game but tested the injury to its fullest during the week and came through two tough sessions ahead of Sunday's 'dream' Leinster final fixture.

"I feel I am showing a bit of form again in training," confirmed Fitzpatrick. "I feel good and I would hope to play some part in the game."

Tennyson, meanwhile, has been troubled by a leg injury and played no part against Dublin but has put himself back into contention this week. However, both players face a tough battle to push their way into a team that beat Dublin so comprehensively in the semi-final despite the fact that decorated such campaigners as Michael Kavanagh, Derek Lyng, Eoin Larkin and Aidan Fogarty started that match on the bench.

WEXFORD, meanwhile, face an altogether more difficult job just to stay in this year's championship when they meet Tipperary in Thurles and Saturday and they may do so without injury-prone defender, Keith Rossiter.

The Cloughbawn full-back broke a bone in his hand in a club match three weeks back and a decision will be made tonight by management whether he can play against the Premier county on Saturday.

"It's the type of injury that's given a four to six week healing process but we're hopeful that he'll be given the all clear," explain manager, Colm Bonnar. "We will monitor his condition at Thursday evening's training session."

Bonnar has other injury problems to worry over with Malachy Travers, Willie Doran, PJ Nolan and Harry Kehoe all nursing knocks and Diarmuid Lyng definitely out through suspension.

LAOIS, meanwhile, will begin the search for a new hurling manager after Niall Rigney stepped down following the O'Moore County's qualifier loss to Carlow at the weekend. Rigney, who took over in 2008, steered Laois to third place in Division 2 of the NHL this year but defeat to Carlow having beaten them in Leinster prompted his decision to end his tenure.

"A new manager will bring in a bit of freshness and I have no doubts that this group of players will get better," explained Rigney. "They gave me everything for the last few seasons and I leave them with very fond memories."

LIMERICK boss Mickey Ned O'Sullivan has named an unchanged team for Sunday's Munster SFC final against Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium, resisting calls to start Conor Fitzgerald and Eoghan O'Connor who both impressed during the semi-final win over Waterford.

KERRY hurling manager John Meyler has made two changes in personnel for Saturday's Christy Ring Cup decider against Westmeath in Croke Park. Aidan Healy comes in to the backs as Andrew Keane is suspended, while James Flaherty replaces John Mike Dooley in the full forward line.

LIMERICK (SF v Kerry): B Scanlon; M O'Riordan, J McCarthy, A Lane; S Lavin, S Lucey, P Ranahan; J O'Donovan, J Galvin; P Browne, J Ryan, S Buckley; G Collins, I Ryan, S Kelly.

KERRY (SH v Westmeath): B Rochford; C Harris, T Murnane, J Fitzgerald; J Godley, L Boyle, A Healy; M Conway, J Griffin; J Egan, M Boyle, D O'Connell; J Flaherty, G O'Brien, S Nolan


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