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Hurling: Veteran Ryan gets his first summer start for Dubs

LIAM Ryan has been handed his first start of the summer as Dublin hurling manager, Anthony Daly, shuffles his deck for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash with Tipperar y in Croke Park (3.30).

The O’Toole’s veteran, who hasn’t featured for Dublin since starting the Allianz League victory over Offaly on March 13, is named at full-forward in an indirect swap for Maurice O’Brien.

O’Brien started at midfield the All-Ireland quarter-final victor y over Limerick in Thurles but loses out for the meeting with the All-Ireland champions. REVERTING Ryan O’Dwyer – who scored a hat-trick against the Treaty county – moves to centre-forward, with Alan McCrabbe reverting midfield alongside captain, Johnny McCaffrey. Daly has named an identical defence to that which lined out in that victory with Paul Schutte again claiming the left-corner back berth in the absence of Cuala clubmate, Oisín Gough.

Gough is one of five injury absentees for the match alongside Conal Keaney, Tom?s Brady, Stephen Hiney and David Treacy. Tipperary, meanwhile, have named an unchanged team to that which beat Waterford in the Munster final by 21 points.

DUBLIN (SHC v Tipperary) G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, P Schutte; M Carton, J Boland, S Durkin; A McCrabbe, J McCaffrey; C McCormack, R O’Dwyer, L Rushe; D O’Callaghan, L Ryan, P Ryan.