Kilkenny have made one change in personnel to his starting line-up for Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC final against Tipperary at Croke Park (throw-in 3.30pm).
Manager Brian Cody has brought in former All-Star Eddie Brennan to replace TJ Reid in the half-forwards, with Colin Fennelly rated fit enough to start in the right corner.
It was feared Fennelly would miss the game after his injured his hamstring playing in a recent club game for Ballyhale Shamrocks however the forward but has been making steady progress since and has been named at number 13 for the clash with the All Ireland champions.
Speaking ahead of the game, Cody wasn’t focusing on last year’s defeat, instead expressing his delight and excitement to be taking part in another All Ireland final “I would always have massive confidence in the players that we have at our disposal. It’s a very good panel,” he said.
“Maybe some of that panel hasn’t been tested yet, or hasn’t experienced the kind of atmosphere that Sunday will bring. But I’d be very happy with what we have available, without a shadow of a doubt.
“We lost last year’s final, but we’ve lost finals before. That’s done and dusted now.
“We’re facing the All-Ireland champions, an outstanding team, and that’s a great challenge. It’s a great place to be.”
KILKENNY (SHC v Tipperary): David Herity; Paul Murphy, Noel Hickey, Jackie Tyrrell; Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan (capt), JJ Delaney; Michael Fennelly, Michael Rice; Eddie Brennan, Richie Power, Henry Shefflin; Colin Fennelly, Eoin Larkin, Richie Hogan.
Substitutes: PJ Ryan, Michael Kavanagh, John Dalton, Paddy Hogan, Conor Fogarty, James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick, TJ Reid, John Mulhall, Mathew Ruth, Aidan Fogarty, Richie Doyle.