TIPEPRARY HAVE HANDED debuts to newcomers Daire Quinn and Dan McCormack for Saturday night’s Allianz hurling league opener against Dublin.
Quinn starts at midfield after impressing last year on the Nenagh Éire Óg team that reached the Tipperary senior hurling decider and winning a Fitzgibbon Cup medal with UL.
McCormack is one of three Borris-Ileigh players in the starting fifteen. He has plenty recent underage experience with Tipperary and won Fitzgibbon Cup medals with UCC in 2012 and 2013.
Noel McGrath is a notable inclusion from the start in the full-forward line after his battle with cancer last year and his brother John is also handed a starting place.
There are survivors from the starting fifteen for last August’s All-Ireland semi-final loss to Galway in Darren Gleeson, Cathal Barrett, Brendan Maher, James Barry, Padraic Maher, Patrick Maher and Jason Forde.
The team in full is:
1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)
2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
3. Tomas Hamill (Moyne Templetuohy)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – captain)
6. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
8. Michael Breen (Ballina)
9. Daire Quinn (Nenagh Éire Óg)
10. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12. Jason Forde (Silvermines)
13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
14. Conor Kenny (Borris-Ileigh)
15. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
16. Darragh Mooney (Eire Óg Annacarty)
17. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
18. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)
19. Liam Ryan (Drom & Inch)
20. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney)
21. Joe Gallagher (Kildangan)
22. Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
23. Dylan Fitzelle (Cashel King Cormacs)
24. Sean Ryan (Sean Treacy’s)
25. Andrew Coffey (Nenagh Eire Óg)
26. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)