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Brian Cody makes 4 changes to his Kilkenny side for upcoming Clare test
The Cats are assured of a relegation play-off but will want to get some momentum back after a disappointing campaign.

KILKENNY MANAGER BRIAN CODY has made four changes to his side for their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash with Clare at Nowlan Park on Sunday.

There are two changes in the half-back line as Tomas Keogh and Willie Phelan come into the team while Joe Lyng will partner Brian Kennedy at midfield.

Kevin Kelly has been selected at full-forward.

There are no places in the match-day squad for Cillian Buckley, Lester Ryan or Richie Hogan.

With a relegation play-off on the horizon for the Cats, they’re out to salvage some pride after a difficult league campaign. For the Banner, they need to beat the hosts and hope neighbours Galway do them a favour against Dublin to stay out of the bottom two.

Kilkenny team: 

1. Eoin Murphy (Glenmore)

2. Shane Prendergast (Clara)

3. Paul Murphy (Danesfort)

4. Jackie Tyrell (James Stephens)

5. Tomas Keogh (James Stephens)

6. Kieran Joyce (Rower Inisioge)

7. Willie Phelan (Dunnamaggin)

8. Joe Lyng (Rower Inisioge)

9. Brian Kennedy (St. Lachtains)

10. Walter Walsh (Tulogher Rosbercon)

11. John Power (Carrickshock)

12. Matthew Ruth (James Stephens)

13. Jonjo Farrell (Thomastown)

14. Kevin Kelly (St. Patrick’s)

15. Mark Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels)

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