Monday 19 March 2018

All-Ireland SHC quarter-final combined XV - Who makes our star-studded line-up?

There are some huge players on show this weekend
There are some huge players on show this weekend
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Waterford, Wexford, Galway and Clare will all be in action on Sunday hoping to join hurling powerhouses Kilkenny in the last four of the All-Ireland series. We've chosen our best XV from the players who will take to the pitch at Semple Stadium this weekend.

The side includes four Waterford players, a quartet of Tribesmen, four hurlers from Clare and three Wexford stars.

1. Stephen O'Keeffe (Waterford)

Had a day to forget in the Munster final but remains one of the best shot-stoppers in the game and excels with tactical puck-outs. Wexford's Mark Fanning unlucky to miss out, especially considering his ability to his the back stanchion of the opposition goals from penalties.

Stephen O'Keeffe, Waterford, attempts to hold off Kilkenny's Richie Hogan

2. Noel Connors (Waterford)

Has become a much more vocal figure in 2016 and has been backing that up on the field.

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Waterford's Noel Connors

3. Matthew O'Hanlon (Wexford)

Teak-tough and no-nonsense, exactly what you want at full-back. Brings enormous physicality to the party.

Matthew O'Hanlon of Wexford is tackled by Joe Bergin of Offaly. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

4. Johnny Coen (Galway)

One of the country's most experienced corner-backs who likes to operate on the edge.

Johnny Coen, Galway, in action against Patrick Horgan, Cork. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1A, Round 1, Galway v Cork. Pearse Stadium, Galway. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

5. Tadhg de Burca (Waterford)

A cornerstone in Waterford's revival over recent years. De Burca is a great reader of the game. Rarely flashly but effective and reliable.

Tadhg De Burca, Waterford, in action against Colin Fennelly

6. Austin Gleeson (Waterford)

Arguably, the most exciting young player striking a sliotar at the moment. His only issue is finding out what position he is most effective from.

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Austin Gleeson is ‘a leader without trying to be a leader’, according to Waterford selector Fintan O’Connor Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

7. David McInerney (Clare)

A nightmare for opposition forwards. Frighteningly quick and tough as old boots.

Clare's David McInerney has been ruled out of their Allianz HL quarter-final against Tipperary on Sunday week. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

8. Colm Galvin (Clare)

One of the most important cogs in the Banner side. Clare are simply a different animal when Galvin is on his game.

3 April 2016; Noel McGrath, Tipperary, in action against Colm Galvin, Clare. Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final, Clare v Tipperary. Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

9. David Burke (Galway)

A leader in a Galway team that needs leaders. A serious workhorse in the middle third.

6 September 2015; David Burke, Galway, in action against Eoin Larkin, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

10. Tony Kelly (Clare)

Unstoppable when he's on form. His league final exploits were a reminder of how accurate he is. Rivals Richie Hogan as the most natural player in the Championship.

Tony Kelly of Clare in action against Colm Stapleton of Laois. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

11. Lee Chin (Wexford)

Chin's aerial prowess and athleticism make him a great outlet for the ball, he is troubling the scoreboard on a more regular basis this year when he gets on it.

Wexford's Lee Chin of Wexford in action against Cork's William Egan, left, and Damien Cahalane. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

12. Cathal Mannion (Galway)

A powerful runner and an accurate finisher, the best is yet to come from this 21-year-old.

Cathal Mannion, Galway, in action against Kieran Joyce, Kilkenny

13. Shane O'Donnell (Clare)

An instinctive finisher and a very busy operator. Clare will need a big showing from his this Sunday.

Shane O'Donnell of Clare in action against Enda Rowland and Ryan Mullaney of Laois during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1. Photo: Sportsfile

14. Joe Canning (Galway)

Galway are All-Ireland contenders as long as this guy is fit. You get the feeling that a huge display is on the horizon from the Portumna native.

Galway’s Joe Canning in action against Clare during the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final. The two teams meet again at the same stage on Sunday. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportfile

15. Conor McDonald (Wexford)

A player capable of notching up huge scoring tallies. Has the size and skill to be an even greater influence on affairs. Like Mannion, he's just 21.

Conor McDonald

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