WALTER WALSH will make his first appearance of 2021 after being named at centre-forward on the Kilkenny team for tomorrow’s Allianz Hurling League trip to Clare.
Victory in Ennis will complete a 100pc record for Brian Cody’s Cats, who are already unassailable at the top of Division 1 Group B.
Walsh, the rookie debutant who propelled Kilkenny to All-Ireland replay glory against Galway nine years ago, hasn’t featured in any of the opening four rounds.
The towering attacker now returns at No 11 while TJ Reid, rested for last weekend’s win over Laois, is named at full-forward.
Other changes made by Cody include recalls in the half-back line for Padraig Walsh (a late sub against Laois) and Conor Browne as well as Richie Leahy at midfield.
The players making way are Joey Holden, Michael Carey, Conor Fogarty, Martin Keoghan and Liam Blanchfield.
Kilkenny (SH v Clare) – E Murphy; T Walsh, H Lawlor, P Deegan; D Corcoran, P Walsh, C Browne; R Reid, R Leahy; A Mullen, W Walsh, B Ryan; J Bergin, TJ Reid, E Cody.
Joe Canning is not part of the Galway hurling squad for their trip to Cork for their final Allianz Div 1A hurling league match.
Canning was a big influence in the win over Waterford the last day, scoring a goal and having a guiding hand in two more for Brian Concannon but he came off late with a rib injury.
Johnny Coen is also missing. He too was replaced early in last Sunday's game through injury. Joseph Cooney and Evan Niland, who impressed on his introduction as he scored four points, come into the team while Shane Cooney is replaced at corner-back by TJ Brennan.
Galway (SH v Cork): E Murphy; D Morrissey, Daithi Burke, TJ Brennan; P Mannion, G McInerney, F Burke; S Loftus, C Mannion; J Cooney, E Niland, A Tuohey; B Concannon, C Cooney, C Whelan.
Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy has named a strong side to face Waterford in their final game in Walsh Park, making four changes from the last day against Westmeath.
Seamus Kennedy and Ronan Maher come into the half back line, Alan Flynn returns to midfield while Jake Morris is named at corner-forward. Brian and John McGrath, Willie Connors and Robert Byrne all make way.
A Tipperary win will secure a joint claim with Kilkenny on the league trophy, unless they meet later in the championship when that game will constitute the league final.
Tipperary (SH v Waterford): B Hogan; C Barrett, P Maher, B Heffernan; B Maher, S Kennedy, R Maher; A Flynn, P Cadell; D McCormack, N McGrath, M Breen; J Forde, S Callanan, J Morris.
Iarlaith Daly returns to the Waterford hurling team to play Tipperary as Austin Gleeson switches to midfield.
Gleeson has been centre-back in recent games but Daly missed the last game against Galway through suspension.
There are returns in defence for Shane Fives, Ian Kenny and Kevin Moran while Peter Hogan, Darragh Lyons and Jack Fagan also come into the side.
There's no place for Jamie Barron while goalkeeper Shaun O'Brien is replaced by more regular custodian Billy Nolan as Conor Gleeson, Seamus Keating, Kieran Bennett, Shane McNulty, Neil Montgomery and Jake Dillon also step aside from the Galway game.
Waterford (SH v Tipperary): B Nolan; S Fives, C Prunty, I Kenny; C Lyons, I Daly, K Moran; A Gleeson, D Lyons; P Hogan, J Fagan, Stephen Bennett; D Hutchinson, Shane Bennett, J Prendegrast.
Graeme Mulcahy has been handed his first league start of 2021 as Jerome Boylan and Ronan Connolly make their first league starts for Limerick.
Manager John Kiely has gone without a number of frontline players like Dan Morrissey, Declan Hannon, Sean Finn, Cian Lynch, Gearoid Hegarty and Cian Lynch but Kyle Hayes and Seamus Flanagan are back after suspension.
Robbie Hanley and Darragh O'Donovan are together in a new look midfield as Will O'Donoghue also sits out the last round of the league.
Limerick (SH v Westmeath): N Quaid; J Boylan, R English, B Nash; D Byrnes, R Connolly, K Hayes; R Hanley, D O'Donovan; T Morrissey, P Casey, C Boylan; A Gillane, S Flanagan, G Mulcahy.