The Dubs’ captain returns from injury for his first start of the season and replaces Seán Currie between the posts. Eoin Culligan comes in the suspended Michael Fitzsimons in defence while Nicky Devereux takes over from John Small.
At midfield, Emmett Ó Conghaile will partner Denis Bastick, replacing Shane Carthy while in attack, Paddy Andrews and Bernard Brogan are named on the inside forward line at the expense of Eoghan O’Gara and Cormac Costello.
All-Ireland champions Kilkenny, who go to Pearse Stadium to face Galway in Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League, have made four changes in personnel, with a number of positional switches, since losing to Dublin.
Michael Walsh and Shane Prendergast are introduced in the full-back line with Paul Murphy reverting to his usual corner back position. Willie Phelan starts at midfield, partnering Lester Ryan, while John Power starts in the No 15 shirt, alongside Jonjo Farrell, who had his red card against the Dubs rescinded.
Padraig Walsh moves to the half-back line and Richie Hogan to centre-forward while Tomás Keogh, Jackie Tyrrell, Brian Kennedy and Geoff Brennan all move to the subs’ bench for this game. Ger Aylward is added to the subs in place of the suspended Joe Lyng.
Dublin face Cork at 5pm this evening in Croke Park, making two changes since beating the Cats.
Niall McMorrow and Ryan O’Dwyer come into the side with Simon Lambert and Colm Cronin the players to miss out.
The Tipperary team to face Clare shows three changes to the side which beat Galway. Noel McGrath replaces the injured Denis Maher in attack, while Conor O’Mahony and James Woodlock also return to the starting 15.
In Division 1B, Waterford have made one change for their trip to Offaly, with Jake Dillon replacing Shane Bennett.