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Derek McGrath names Déise side with key men sidelined, Clare unchanged

Waterford plan without Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony.

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Updated at 23.14

WATERFORD BOSS Derek McGrath has named his side to face Clare on Sunday with 11 of last year’s All-Ireland final team set to start.

2016 Hurler of the Year Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony are ruled out through injury in what are big blows for the county’s Munster championship ambitions, while neither Kieran or Shane Bennett are involved this year.

Conor Gleeson is named in midfield while Tom Devine, Shane McNulty and Maurice Shanahan and are all picked in the forwards with the latter expected to take up free-taking duties in the absence of Pauric Mahony.

The Déise sat out last week’s opening weekend of the new-look provincial action.

Waterford v XV v Clare in Munster SHC

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)

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

5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg)
6. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)

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

10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Tom Devine (Modeligo)
12. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)

21. Maurice Shanahan (Lismore)
14. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
15. Shane McNulty (De La Salle)

Clare, meanwhile, have named an unchanged team from the side that were defeated by Cork on Sunday.

Clare

1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)

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2. David McInerney (Tulla)
3. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
4. Séadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)

5. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber)
6. Conor Cleary (St Patrick’s Miltown Malbay)
7. David FitzGerald (Inagh/Kilnamona)

8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
9. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)

10. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
11. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin)
12. David Reidy (Éire Óg)

13. Conor McGrath (Cratloe)
14. John Conlon (Clonlara)
15. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)

Subs

16. Andrew Fahey (Whitegate)
17. Cian Dillon (Crusheen)
18. Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona)
19. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)
20. Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley)
21. Ryan Taylor (Clooney-Quin)
22. Niall Deasy (Ballyea)
23. Ian Galvin (Clonlara)
24. Mikey O’Neill (Kilmaley)
25. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
26. Darragh Corry (Tulla)

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