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Ryan rings changes but no place for Callanan

No starting place for ace Tipperary attacker Seamus Callanan. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
No starting place for ace Tipperary attacker Seamus Callanan. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Michael Ryan has made a radical facelift to his Tipperary side ahead of tomorrow's Munster SHC opener with Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds (2.0) but there's no starting place for ace attacker Seamus Callanan.

There are four championship debutants with Brian Hogan getting the nod in goal ahead of Daragh Mooney while Barry Heffernan, Willie Connors and Billy McCarthy retain their places from their league final defeat to Kilkenny.

The biggest surprise comes in the positioning of Seamus Kennedy at full-back as former All-Star No 3 James Barry loses out, while Noel McGrath and Dan McCormack come back into the side with John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer also named in attack.

That leaves a star-studded bench with Callanan, former All-Ireland-winning captain Brendan Maher, Michael Breen and Patrick 'Bonner' Maher missing out as Ryan places faith in youth.

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Kilkenny boss Brian Cody is another to ring the changes ahead of tomorrow's Leinster SHC second-round tie with Offaly in Nowlan Park (3.0).

Paul Murphy and Conor Fogarty are high-profile inclusions while Luke Scanlon is a surprise starter given that Colin Fennelly returned from his six-month tour of duty with a bang last Sunday to hit three points off the bench.

There's no place for former All-Star Podge Collins in the Clare side to face Cork in the Munster SHC tomorrow with 11 of last year's beaten Munster finalists retained.

Donal Tuohy, Jack Browne, David Reidy and Peter Duggan are the only changes for the Páirc Uí Chaoimh clash (4.0).

Elsewhere, Fiontán MacGib replaces the injured Conal Keaney in the Dublin attack to face Wexford in their Leinster SHC clash in Wexford Park tomorrow (3.0).

MacGib comes in for Keaney in Pat Gilroy's only change to the side which pushed Kilkenny to the pin of their collars, while Cuala's David Treacy is fit again and in contention for a spot on the bench.

Meanwhile, former Kildare footballer Johnny Doyle took charge of the Offaly footballers last night on a one-off basis in the wake of Stephen Wallace's sacking as Faithful boss.

Irish Independent

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