Thursday 13 December 2018

Richie Hogan returns to Kilkenny squad for first time in 2018 as Cats make three changes to face Galway

8 July 2017; Richie Hogan of Kilkenny in action against Conor Gleeson of Waterford during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 match between Waterford and Kilkenny at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
8 July 2017; Richie Hogan of Kilkenny in action against Conor Gleeson of Waterford during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 match between Waterford and Kilkenny at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
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Richie Hogan will appear on the bench for Kilkenny for the first time this season on Sunday as Brian Cody's men travel to Salthill to face All-Ireland champions Galway.

Hogan has been sidelined all year with a troublesome back injury, but is now fit enough to be named in the 26-man squad for the Leinster hurling championship round robin tie. There are three changes to the Cats' starting team, with Walter Walsh, James Maher and Enda Morrissey all returning to the fray.

Kilkenny currently top the Leinster table after wins against Dublin and Offaly, but this will be their biggest test to date. Galway beat Offaly in round one, before enjoying a rest week.

The Tribesmen haven't beaten Kilkenny in the championship since the 2012 Leinster final.

The game throws in at 4pm on Sunday.

Kilkenny

1 Eoin Murphy Glenmore

2 Enda Morrissey Bennettsbridge

3 Padraig Walsh Tullaroan

4 Paddy Deegan O'Loughlin Gaels

5 Conor Delaney Erin's Own

6 Cillian Buckley Dicksboro

7 Paul Murphy Danesfort

8 Conor Fogarty Erin's Own

9 James Maher St Lachtains

10 Martin Keoghan Tullaroan

11 TJ Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks

12 Liam Blanchfield Bennettsbridge

13 John Donnelly Thomastown

14 Walter Walsh Tullogher Rosbercon

15 Luke Scanlon James Stephens

 

16 Darren Brennan St Lachtains

17 Joey Holden Ballyhale Shamrocks

18 Conor O'Shea Clara

19 Robert Lennon Bennettsbridge

20 Conor Browne James Stephens

21 Lester Ryan Clara

22 Colin Fennelly Ballyhale Shamrocks

23 Pat Lyng Rower Inistioge

24 Richie Leahy Rower Inistioge

25 Richie Hogan Danesfort

26 Bill Sheehan Dicksboro

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