Though players like Cillian O’Connor, Séamus O’Shea, Keith Higgins, and Alan Dillon are marked absent, the Connacht champions will still have a strong side on show, with centre-back Caolán Crowe and left half-back Shane Nally the only two league debutants. Donal Vaughan, more recognised as a defender, is named at full-forward.
While Rochford has yet to appoint a captain, Lee Keegan will skipper the side.
Roscommon’s side for their clash with Monaghan in Kiltoom features only six of the starters from last week’s FBD League final defeat to Galway.
R Hennelly (Breaffy); B Harrison (Aghamore), G Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), S McHale (Knockmore); L Keegan (Westport), C Crowe (Garrymore), S Nally (Garrymore); T Parsons (Charlestown), J Gibbons (Ballintubber); K McLoughlin (Knockmore), A O’Shea (Breaffy), D O’Connor (Ballintubber); E Regan (Ballina Stephenites), D Vaughan (Ballinrobe), J Doherty (Burrishoole).
R Beggan (Scotstown); C Walshe (Doohamlet), D Wylie (Ballybay), R Wylie (Ballybay); D Mone (Clontibret), F Kelly (Clones), K O’Connell (Tyholland); N McAdam (Monaghan Harps), D Hughes (Scotstown); K Dufy (Lattin); D Malone (Castleblayney Faughs), O Duffy (Latton); R McAnespie (Emyvale), T Kerr (Ballybay), C McManus (Clontibret). Subs: M Keogh (Seán McDermotts), J McCarron (Truagh), C Boyle (Clontibret), V Corey (Clontibret), M Thornton (Rockcorry), P Kennan (Corduff), S Carey (Ballybay), S Gollogly (Carrickmacross), C McCarthy (Ballybay), D McKenna (Truagh), B McGinn (Doohamlet).
D O’Malley (Michael Glaveys); S McDermott (Western Gaels), N Collins (Castlerea St Kevin’s), N McInerney (St Brigid’s); D Murray (Pádraig Pearses), N Daly (Pádraig Pearses), R Stack (St Brigid’s); C Shine (Clann nan Gael), I Kilbride (St Brigid’s); F Cregg (Elphin), E Smith (Boyle), C Murtagh (St Faithleach’s); D Murtagh (St Faithleach’s), S Kilbride (St Brigid’s), C Cregg (Western Gaels). Subs: G Claffey (Castlerea St Kevin’s), B Murtagh (St Faithleach’s), C McHugh (St Brigid’s), C Connolly (Roscommon Gaels), C Devanney (Kilbride), J McManus (Roscommon Gaels), N Kilroy (Fuerty), R Daly (Pádraig Pearses), S Oates (Roscommon Gaels), T Featherston (Oran), U Harney (Clann nan Gael).
T Dolan (Athenry); D Wynn (Moycullen), D Kyne (Clonbur), E Kerin (Annaghdown); L Silke (Corofin), G O’Donnell (Tuam Stars), J Heaney (Killannin); P Conroy (St James’s), F Ó Curraoin (Micheál Breathnachs); T Flynn (Athenry), E Hoare (St Michael’s), E Tierney (Oughterard); D Comer (Annaghdown), A Varley (Cortoon Shamrocks), E Brannigan (St Michael’s).
B Scanlon (Gerald Griffins); J McCarthy (St Kieran’s), P Browne (Fr Caseys), S O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen); S Cahill (Mountcollins), I Corbett (Newcastlewest), P White (Rathkeale); G Hegarty (St Patrick’s), D Treacy (St Kieran’s); D Neville (Ballysteen), C Sheehan (Newcastlewest), S Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford); S McSweeney (St Kieran’s), I Ryan (St Senan’s), P Nash (Kildimo-Pallaskenry).
S Enright (Ballinacourty); T Ó hUallacháin (An Rinn), T O’Gorman (The Nire), J McGrath (The Nire); D Allen (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg), S Prendergast (Kilrossanty), R Ó Ceallaigh (An Rinn); C Prunty (Ballinacourt), T Prendergast (Kilrossanty); M O’Gorman (The Nire), D Breathnach (An Rinn), M O’Halloran (Ballinacourty); G Crotty (Dungarvan), JJ Hutchinson (Gaultier), P Whyte (Kilrossanty).