Monday 23 April 2018

Dublin's super sub to start championship opener while key forward misses out

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Jim Gavin has made two changes to his Dublin team for their championship opener against Laois in Nowlan Park this weekend.

The All-Ireland champions' trip to Kilkenny on Saturday marks the first time in a decade that Dublin have played a championship game outside the capital, but after routing Kerry in the league final, Gavin's charges are priced at 1/100 to successfully negotiate their Leinster quater-final.

The Dubs boss has picked an interesting XV for the game, with Kevin McManamon and Michael Dara MacAuley returned to the team in place of Paul Mannion and Denis Bastick.

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Paddy Andrews, who kicked a number of key scores in the closing stages of Dublin's successful championship campaign in 2015, continues to be sidelined through injury.

Here are the teams for Saturday evening's game, which throws in at 7pm.

Dublin: S Cluxton; P McMahon, J Cooper, D Byrne; J McCarthy, C O'Sullivan, J Small; MD MacAuley, B Fenton; P Flynn, D Rock, C Kilkenny; K McManamon, D Connolly, B Brogan.

Laois: G Brody; D O’Connor, M Timmons, P Cotter; S Attride, D Strong, C Begley; C Meredith, B Quigley; P Cahillane, J O’Loughlin, G Dillon; D Kingston, E O’Carroll, G Walsh.

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