Also recalled after a two-year absence is Mark Keane, who lines out at left corner forward. Former full-back T. J. Ryan is now positioned at centre-back, with Brian Geary switching to full-back.
Kilkenny have selected Tommy Walsh at centre-back and have given three players their senior debut on Sunday’s team to play Waterford at Walsh Park.
The debutantes in a competitive game are John Tennyson, Bryan Barry and former minor captain, Richard Power.
Because of an injury doubt over full-back Brian Lohan and the involvement of four of their squad - Gerry O’Grady, Darragh Clancy, Barry Nugent and Jonathan Clancy - in the Fitzgibbon Cup, Clare will not finalise their team to play Laois at Cusack Park on Saturday until just before the start.
Former Allstar Lohan has recovered from hamstring trouble but sustained a shoulder injury in a recent challenge game.
Despite the retirement of the three Cuddys - twins David and Paul and first cousin Cyril - from inter-county activity, Laois were in the happy position of selecting from a full squad.
Dublin hurlers will be hoping that a number of injuries clear up in time ahead of Sunday’s opener against league champions Galway in Pearse Stadium. Apart from long-term injuries to players like Shane Martin, Derek O’Reilly, Stephen McDonnell, David Donnelly and Cormac O’Brien, the Dubs have a number of fresh concerns.
Free-taker David Curtin, who has been in excellent form, is doubtful for the trip to Galway as he is struggling to shake off the effect of a dead leg, while Stephen Hiney, Risteard Brennan and Philip Brennan are also sidelined. Dublin will not select under after training tonight.
Galway are due to name their team tonight and speculation is rife that Ger Farragher, captain on the recent two in-a-row All-Ireland minor hurling teams, might get a call-up. But definitely out is full back Diarmuid Cloonan, who is suspended.
Wexford, due to start their league campaign against Antrim at Casement Park on Sunday, have also delayed selection until today. Allstar goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry is troubled with a shoulder injury, while Keith Rossiter was involved in Fitzgibbon Cup action yesterday.
For their opening game with Tipperary at Semple Stadium, Ulster champions Down have brought in John McCusker at right corner-forward.
McCusker will become one of the very few players from the Balleala club to represent the Mourne County in hurling at this level.
: J. Cahill; D. Reale, B. Geary, M. Cahill; O. Moran, T. J. Ryan, P. Lawlor; D. O’Grady, P. Tobin; D. Ryan, P. Cahill, N. Moran; A. O’Shaughnessy, M. Foley. M. Keane.
: J. McGarry; J. Tennyson, N. Hickey, J. Ryall; M. Kavanagh, T. Walsh, J.J. Delaney; D. Lyng, B. Barry; J. Fitzpatrick, M. Comerford, E. Brennan; R. Power, J. Hoyne, H. Shefflin.
: G. Clarke; L. Clarke, S. Murray, P. Hughes; G. Clarke, G. Savage, P. Monan; F. Wilson, A. Savage; B. McGourity, G. Johnson, F. Clarke; J. McCusker, M. Coulter, E. Clarke.
: P. Mullaney; B. Campion, P. Cuddy, L. Tynan; J. Fitzpatrick, S. Dwyer, M. McEvoy; J. Young, J. Walsh; C. Coonan, D. Walsh, E. Browne; D. Culleton, R. Jones, P. Russell.
: T Flynn, M Cronin, A Healy, B Flaherty, A Keane, C Harris; M Conway, B D’Arcy; E Tuohy, I McCarhty, P Randles, M Slattery, S Brick, J Regan.