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Waterford name debutant in defence for All-Ireland semi-final after de Búrca suspension

Kieran Bennett has been selected to start against Cork.

Kieran Bennett pictured in action in the 2015 Munster U21 semi-final.
Kieran Bennett pictured in action in the 2015 Munster U21 semi-final.
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WATERFORD HAVE HANDED out a senior championship debut in defence for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final after Tadhg de Búrca failed last night in his final attempt to overturn his suspension.

Kieran Bennett, older brother of forwards Stephen and Shane, has been named on the starting fifteen announced tonight by manager Derek McGrath.

Bennett lined out in the Waterford U21 defence in 2015 when they lost to Clare in the Munster semi-final.

The 22-year-old has not seen game time for the Waterford senior side since the quarter-final of the league against Galway in April and before then had last played in the Munster league against Limerick in January.

There are no other changes from the team that saw off Wexford at the quarter-final stage.

Waterford

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)

2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)

18. Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)

8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)

10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
12. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)

13. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
14. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
15. Darragh Fives (Tourin)

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