Following the sending off of half-back Cormac Murphy in the semi-final victory over Waterford a fortnight ago, manager Pat Kenneally has selected Killian McIntyre of Carrigaline to start at No 7 alongside his clubmate Kevin Kavanagh and Midleton’s Killian Burke.
Frustrating the Clare attack, which scored 5-19 against Tipperary in their last-four clash, will be key for Cork if they are to win a first provincial title since 2007.
At the other end of the field, the full-forward line of Anthony Spillane, Alan Cadogan and Robert O’Shea, which accounted for 3-12 of the 3-18 output against Waterford, remainsintact, with Mark Sugrue and Mark O’Connor remaining as options off the bench.
(U21H v Clare): P Collins (Ballinhassig); S Murphy (Blackrock), C Barry (Castlelyons), C Buckley (Na Piarsaigh); K Kavanagh (Carrigaline), K Burke (Midleton), K McIntyre (Carrigaline); D Brosnan (Brian Dillons), R Cahalane (Ballymartle); S O’Keeffe (Blackrock), C Spillane (Castlelyons), M Collins (Ballinhassig); A Spillane (Castlelyons), A Cadogan (Douglas), R O’Shea (Carrigaline).
M Brown (Ballyhea), C Coleman (Ballymartle), P Fitzgerald (Douglas), M Sugrue (Bandon), K O’Connor (Mallow), M O’Connor (Douglas), C Walsh (Midleton), A Dennehy (Charleville), E Smith (Blackrock).