Cork without several big guns

All-Ireland champions Cork are without several key players for their National Hurling League second phase clash against Kilkenny at Páirc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday.

All-Ireland champions Cork are without several key players for their National Hurling League second phase clash against Kilkenny at Páirc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday.

Rebel boss John Allen is without Brian Corcoran, Timmy McCarthy, John Browne, Brian Murphy, Tom Kenny and Joe Deane for the repeat of last year's All-Ireland final.

Twins Ben and Jerry O'Connor return, having missed the one-point win over Tipperary a fortnight ago.

Erin's Own club man Cian O'Connor moves to right corner-back to replace Browne, with Pat Mulcahy returning at left corner-back.

John Gardiner is chosen at right half-back, with skipper Seán Óg Ó hAilpín starting at left half-back.

Ronan Curran lines out in the heart of defence.

Paul Tierney partners Jerry O'Connor at midfield in place of Kenny and Kevin Hartnett.

Ben O'Connor, Niall McCarthy and Neil Ronan make up the half-forward line, with Kieran Murphy, Garvan McCarthy and Jonathan O'Callaghan comprising the full-forward line.

CORK (SH v Kilkenny): D Óg Cusack; C O'Connor, D O'Sullivan, P Mulcahy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S Óg Ó hAilpín; P Tierney, J O'Connor; B O'Connor, N McCarthy, N Ronan; K Murphy, G McCarthy, J O'Callaghan.

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