Manager Brian Cody showed a ruthless streak and among those who are axed from the Leinster final winning side are his son Donncha and team captain Jackie Tyrell from Cody’s own club James Stephens.
Also left out are the experienced Richard Mullally and former All-Ireland winning minor captain Michael Rice.
Back into the fold at corner back comes Michael Kavanagh, who missed the Leinster final through injury.
James Ryall, who has played in two All Ireland finals, comes in at wing back for his first game of the Championship. Ryall suffers from a rare muscle disorder, and the fact that he has been able to play at all has confounded medical opinion. However, he has been flying in training.
Aidan Fogarty, who has been sidelined with injury since the league final, returns in a new position at wing forward and Eoin McCormack comes in at top of the right.
Galway recall David Collins, Conor Dervan and Alan Kerins to their starting 15. All three missed the victory over Westmeath and they replace Ger Mahon, Eoin Lynch and David Tierney.
Collins is named at left half back, Dervan at midfield and Kerins on the left flank of attack.
There are three changes in personnel on the Wexford team to play Clare in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park.
Darragh Ryan returns after a long injury lay-off at full-back, with a number of positional changes as a result. Keith Rossiter moves to corner-back, Malachy Travers moves to wing-back, and Richie Kehoe goes to centre-forward.
Michael Jacob and Tomás Mahon, both introduced as substitutes against Kilkenny, will start in the forwards. The three players to lose out are Darren Stamp (knee ligaments), PJ Nolan (shoulder) and Micheál Jordan.
KILKENNY: (SHC) v Galway: J. McGarry, M. Kavanagh, JJ Delaney, N. Hickey, J. Ryall, J. Tennyson, T. Walsh, E. Larkin, D. Lyng, E. Brennan, J. Fitzpatrick, A. Fogarty, E. McCormack, M. Comerford, H. Shefflin.
GALWAY: (SHC v Kilkenny): L. Donoghue; D. Joyce, T. Óg Regan, O. Canning; D. Hardiman, S. Kavanagh, D. Collins; F. Healy, C. Dervan; C. Connolly, D. Forde, A. Kerins; D. Hayes, G. Farragher, N. Healy.
WEXFORD: (SHC v Clare): D. Fitzhenry; D. O’ Connor, D.Ryan, K. Rossiter; M. Travers, D. RUTH, D. Lyng; R. McCarthy, C. Kenny; M. Jacob, R. Kehoe, E. Quigley; S. Doyle, R. Jacob, T. Mahon.
Donegal have reacted angrily to the news that their full-back Paddy Campbell will miss his county’s crunch qualifier clash against neighbours Fermanagh. The Naomh Chonail man was hit with a four-week ban by the Central Disciplinary Committee in Croke Park yesterday. He is also out of the All-Ireland Quarter-final clash with Cork if Donegal manage to overcome their neighbours.
County PRO Sean Perry said the CDC decision could yet be appealed and blamed the national media for allegedly putting pressure on the GAA to take action against the Glenties full-back.
“We were under the impression that Paddy was in the clear but once the Mattie Forde issue erupted you had pundits like Paul Curran on The Sunday Game saying that Paddy Campbell would also have to be dealt with.
“I have no doubt that this put extra pressure on the GAA authorities but we are not happy with the way this was handled either. None of this would have surfaced but for the Mattie Forde incident.
“It is not right that a player is hauled up for something that happened three and a half weeks after the incident when it is not spotted by either the referee or the linesman. That is a major problem and we will be looking at very carefully over the next few days.”
Perry said this was yet another example of trial by television: “Look, it is getting to the stage where a player can get away with an offence if there are no TV cameras around.
“Now surely there is something terribly wrong with a system like this.
“It is a terrible blow to us as Paddy stands suspended from the last match which was on July 9.