Despite being rated as ‘50/50’ at various stages during the weeks Cork defender Shane O’Neill has been named in the starting team for Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final with Kilkenny.
There is one change to the starting fifteen with Newtownshandrum’s Jamie Coughlan replacing Cian McCarthy of Sarsfields. O’Neill’s availability is a huge boost to the Rebels.
The defender has been outstanding so far this season and his loss would have been a huge blow. He did an outstanding job on Limerick’s Declan Hannon in the Munster final and he provides a huge option to man-mark Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan on Sunday. The availability of Patrick Horgan is another huge asset to the side. It had been predicted that he would miss the game through suspension but he had his red-card rescinded last weekend and now with the exception of long-term injuries, Cork have their strongest squad available.
Cork XV; Anthony Nash, Shane O’Neill, Stephen McDonnell, Conor O’Sullivan, Tom Kenny, Christopher Joyce, William Egan, Lorcan McLoughlin, Daniel Kearney, Conor Lehane, Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Cronin, Luke O’Farrell, Patrick Horgan, Jamie Coughlan
Subs: Darren McCarthy, Killian Murphy, Mark Ellis, Stephen White, Rob O’Shea, Cian McCarthy, Cathal Naughton, Stephen Moylan, Michael Cussen, Michael O’Sullivan, Eoin Keane