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All-Ireland champions Tipp make two changes for qualifier showdown with Dublin

Jason Forde and John McGrath have been handed starts by Michael Ryan.

John McGrath starts for Tipp on Saturday.
John McGrath starts for Tipp on Saturday.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

TIPPERARY MANAGER MICHAEL Ryan has named his team for Saturday’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship qualifier against Dublin.

The reigning All-Ireland champions have made two changes for this weekend’s round two clash at Semple Stadium, with Jason Forde and John McGrath handed starting berths.

The pair are rewarded for cameos off the bench during the victory over Westmeath last weekend and replace Noel McGrath and the injured Niall O’Meara in the starting XV.

Loughmore-Castleiney forward McGrath scored 1-1 in the last round while Forde ended the game with two points as Ryan’s side safely negotiated the first qualifying hurdle.

Otherwise, it’s as you were for Tipp as they go in search for a place in the quarter-finals against a Dublin side who overcame Laois in the first round.

Throw in at Semple Stadium is at 5pm on Saturday.

Tipperary (v Dublin):

1. Daragh Mooney (Eire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)

2. Donagh Maher (Burgess)
3. Tomás Hamill (Moyne-Templetuohy)
4. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)

5. Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
6. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields, captain)

8. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
9. Michael Breen (Ballina)

10. Jason Forde (Silvermines)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)

13. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
14. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)
15. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)

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