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All change for Cats' Offaly tie

BRIAN Cody has rung the changes for Kilkenny's NHL clash with Offaly in Nowlan Park tomorrow.

Into the team come PJ Ryan, Paul Murphy, Jackie Tyrrell, Richie Doyle, TJ Reid, 'Cha' Fitzpatrick and Michael Rice. Tyrrell, Rice and Fitzpatrick all return from injury.

The most interesting change is the move of captain Brian Hogan to full-back and John Dalton to centre-back. There's a league debut for All-Ireland MHC-winning defender Richie Doyle of Barrow Rangers.

Meanwhile, Joe Canning and Damien Hayes will start their first game of the season as Galway's hurlers go to Waterford tomorrow looking to reach consecutive Division 1 finals. John McIntyre has made nine changes to the side beaten by Tipperary, and full-back star Shane Kavanagh returns from injury. Goalie Colm Callanan, backs Ciaran O'Donovan, Ger O'Halloran and Donal Barry and forwards Cyril Donnellan, Joseph Cooney and Eanna Ryan lose out.

Cork have beefed up their team to face Dublin, retaining only five -- Shane O'Neill, Ronan Curran, Brian Murphy, Ben O'Connor and Patrick Horgan -- of the starters who lost to Wexford last time out, with Curran moved to centre-back and Pa Cronin replacing Tom Kenny in midfield.

Dublin's hurlers, who have Alan McCrabbe and David Treacy back in their bench for the first time this year, show two injury-enforced changes, with Paul Schutte replacing Ronan Walsh (ribs) and Conor McCormack in for Liam Rushe (shoulder).

Elsewhere, Willie Sunderland, from Wexford club Oulart-The Ballagh, is taking over Kildare hurlers and will have Tipp native Bertie Sherlock as coach with Ger Buggle and Philip Kenny selectors.

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Irish Independent