Andrews in for Cullen in Dubs’ only change

Jim Gavin has drafted Paddy Andrews back into the Dublin starting 15 for tomorrow’s All-Ireland semi-final.

Andrews in for Cullen in Dubs’ only change

The 2011 All-Ireland winning captain, Bryan Cullen, drops to the bench to accommodate the switch as Andrews makes his first start since the Leinster semi-final win over Kildare.

Jack McCaffrey and Stephen Cluxton are also named in the team despite rumours they had picked up serious injuries in the lead-up to the game.

The St Brigid’s man had been named in the team for the Leinster final against Meath but was replaced by Eoghan O’Gara and didn’t feature in either that game or the All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Cork.

Ireland International Rules manager Paul Earley has been forced to make a change to his backroom team with former Galway star Ja Fallon coming in for Ciarán Whelan as selector.

The ex-Dublin midfielder explained club commitments with Raheny as well as family and work life had forced him to step down.

“I am very disappointed for Ciarán personally as I know how much he was looking forward to working with some of the top players in the country,” said Earley. “He has made a great contribution to date as part of the management team, particularly identifying players.”

Aidan Walsh, Michael Shields and Ciarán Sheehan are the Cork players involved in the first training session in Kildare today.

Meanwhile, Eamonn O’Hara will have to sit out tomorrow’s Sligo SFC quarter final between Coolera-Strandhill and his native Tourlestrane after the county board’s CCC upheld the suspension that was imposed on him after he was sent off during a round robin game between the two clubs last month.

The RTÉ pundit was on the bench when he was dismissed for abusive language in the clash on August 17. As it was his second red card of the summer, a mandatory eight-week suspension was imposed on the midfielder.

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