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Curran readies himself for Championship bow against Galway

Tribesmen name an unchanged side for Saturday’s clash in the Gaelic Grounds.

Curran in action during last year's Championship.
Curran in action during last year's Championship.
Image: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

CORK VETERAN RONAN CURRAN has been named at centre-back for Saturday’s make-or-break SHC Qualifier against Galway in Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds.

Rebel boss Denis Walsh gave the St. Finbarr’s man the nod for his first Championship start of the season after he finally managed to shake a knee injury which he picked up six weeks ago.

Curran’s introduction to the half-back line is the only change to the side which beat Offaly in the last round of the qualifiers, with William Egan moving into centre-midfield in place of the suspended Pa Cronin.

Meanwhile, Galway manager John McIntyre has decided to keep faith in the side which cruised to a 17-point victory over Clare last weekend, naming an unchanged starting XV for Saturday’s clash.

Galway: J Skehill; F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Collins; D Barry, T Óg Regan, A Cullinane; D Burke, A Smith; J Gantley, G Farragher, I Tannian; D Hayes, J Canning, A Kerins.

Cork: D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S O’Neill; J O’Connor, W Egan; B O’Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L O’Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.

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