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4 All-Ireland U21 winners to make senior debut for Limerick against Tipperary on Sunday

Tipperary await TJ Ryan’s side in Thurles.

FOUR PLAYERS WHO won All-Ireland U21 medals last September will make their senior championship debuts for Limerick in Sunday’s Munster hurling semi-final against Tipperary.

Diarmaid Byrnes lifts the trophy after Limerick's All-Ireland U21 win last September Diarmaid Byrnes lifts the trophy after Limerick's All-Ireland U21 win last September Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Richie English, Diarmaid Byrnes, Gearoid Hegarty and Barry Nash have all been handed starting places by manager TJ Ryan.

English is named at left corner-back, Byrnes will start at right half-back, Hegarty gets the nod at right half-forward and Nash is selected at left half-forward.

4 All-Ireland U21 winners to make senior debut for Limerick against Tipperary on Sunday
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  • Diarmuid Byrnes (Patrickswell)

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • Barry Nash (South Liberties)

    Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
  • Richie English (Doon)

    Source: Gary Carr/INPHO
  • Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick's)

    Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Dan Morrissey will make his first start for Limerick after being named at full-back. The Ahane club man did come on as a substitute last season.

Cian Lynch, who burst onto the senior stage last summer, is the other U21 winner from last year included here.

Limerick make six changes from the side that lost to Waterford in the league semi-final in April.

Seamus Hickey, Tom Condon and Declan Hannon didn’t start that loss due to injury and all return. Shane Dowling, Morrissey and Graeme Mulcahy are the others players who get starting places on this occasion.

Limerick

1. Nickie Quaid (Effin –  captain)

2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry)
3. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)
4. Richie English (Doon)

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)
6. Gavin O’Mahony (Kilmallock)
7. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher)

8. James Ryan (Garryspillane)
9. Paul Browne (Bruff)

10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s)
11. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)
12. Barry Nash (South Liberties)

13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
14. Declan Hannon (Adare)
15. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)

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