Cork manager Denis Walsh and his co-selectors have made 12 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Tipperary last time out to clinch a place in the final.
Out go goalkeeper Martin Coleman; right full back Shane O’Neill; full-back Eoin Cadogan; right half back John Gardiner; centre-back Ronan Curran; midfielders Tom Kenny and Lorcan McLoughlin; wing forwards Tadgh Óg Murphy and Cathal Naughton and the entire full-forward line of Paudie O’Sullivan, Aisake O hAilpín and Patrick Horgan.
In come Anthony Nash, David Cunningham, Conor O’Sullivan, Michael Walsh, Ray Ryan, William Egan, Fintan O’Leary, Cian McCarthy, Ben O’Connor, Kieran Murphy, Michael Cussen and Luke O’Farrell.
Nash takes over in goal with Brian Murphy, moved to right corner back, forming a new full back line alongside Cunningham and Conor O’Sullivan.
Walsh of Kildorrery replaces John Gardiner at right half back, with Sean Óg O hAilpín taking over the centre back position from Curran and Ryan of Sarsfields named at left half back. Jerry O’Connor and Egan from Kilbrin form a new midfield partnership while O’Leary, Cian McCarthy and Ben O’Connor take over the half forward line duties from Tadgh Óg Murphy, Jerry O’Connor and Cathal Naughton.
Up front team captain Kieran Murphy, dual player Michael Cussen and Luke O’Farrell of Midleton are preferred on this occasion to Paudie O’Sullivan, Aisake O hAilpín and Patrick Horgan.
Tipperary have made nine changes from the team that started against Cork for their last game in the League against Offaly in Tullamore on Sunday. In come goalkeeper Darren Gleeson, corner back Paul Curran, wing back David Young, midfielder Hugh Maloney, half forwards Seamus Hennessy, Seamus Callinan and Jody Brennan as well as forwards Darragh Egan, named at full forward and Michael Heffernan at top of the left.
The return of the outstanding Mount Sion duo, Tony Browne and Ken McGrath is the main feature of an experimental Waterford line up named by manager Davy Fitzgerald to face All- Ireland champions Kilkenny in the final Division One game in Nowlan Park.
Browne takes over the centre-back role, while McGrath is named at centre back in what will be the first outing in the county jersey for both players since last year’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to the Cats.
Five players in all will be making their debut in the current league campaign including All- Ireland colleges medal winner Stephen Daniels of De La Salle. He is named at right half back in a line completed by the returning Declan Prendergast who has found himself out of favour for most of the current league campaign.
Ballyduff Upper’s Adrian Power is named in goal and a much changed fullback line sees a recall for Jerome Maher and Liam Lawlor in the number two and three positions respectively. Tallow’s Aidan Kearney moves from his customary wing back berth to the left corner to complete the inside trio.
Two other players who have also failed to cement permanent first team places in the side since the start of the season, Brian Phelan and James Murray, will provide a new midfield partnership, while in an attack that marks a first start in the current league campaign for John Mullane at top of the right, Dunhill’s promising newcomer Shane Casey is named in the other corner.
The Wexford team to play Antrim at Wexford Park on Sunday will not be named until tonight as the management are awaiting news on the availability of players who are out of action owing to injuries at the moment.
WATERFORD (SH v Kilkenny): A. Power; J. Maher, L. Lawlor, A. Kearney; S. Daniels, T. Browne, D. Prendergast; B. Phelan, J. Murray; T. Connors, K. McGrath, E. McGrath; J. Mullane, S. Walsh, S. Casey.
CORK (SH v Galway): A. Nash; B. Murphy, D. Cunningham, C. O’Sullivan; M. Walsh, S. Óg O hAilpín, R. Ryan; J. O’Connor. W. Egan; F. O’Leary, C. McCarthy, B. O’Connor; K. Murphy, M. Cussen, L. O’Farrell.
TIPPERARY (SH v Offaly): D. Gleeson; P. Stapleton, P. Maher, P. Curran; D. Young, C. O’Mahony, M. Cahill; H. Maloney, S. McGrath; S. Hennessy, S. Callinan, J. Brennan; E. Kelly, D. Egan, M. Heffernan.