Tipp duo to make league debuts

Liam England and Niall Curran, two members of last season's Tipperary football panel, will make their league debuts for the Premier County's hurlers against Limerick on Sunday (Gaelic Grounds, throw-in 2.30pm).

Liam England and Niall Curran, two members of last season's Tipperary football panel, will make their league debuts for the Premier County's hurlers against Limerick on Sunday (Gaelic Grounds, throw-in 2.30pm).

Tipp manager Babs Keating has selected the pair, who both claimed Tommy Murphy Cup medals with the footballers in 2005, in his starting 15 for the NHL Division 1B opener against the Shannonsiders.

Mullinahone's Curran starts at midfield alongside Eoin Brislane, while Roscrea clubman England has got the nod at left wing back.

In all, 10 of Keating's starters lined out against Galway in the 2005 All-Ireland quarter-final.

Thurles Sarsfields star Ger 'Redser' O'Grady, who scored a goal in last weekend's trial match in Templederry, captains the side, while influential trio Eoin Kelly, Diarmaid Fitzgerald and Micheal Webster miss out through injury.

Tipp have won the last three league meetings between the sides, with an average winning margin of nine points.

Nonetheless, Joe McKenna's current Limerick outfit having been in impressive form of late, picking up the Waterford Crystal Cup earlier this month, the county's first piece of senior hurling silverware since 1997, and beating All-Ireland champions Cork (1-15 to 1-14) in a challenge match last Sunday.

TIPPERARY (NHL v Limerick): Brendan Cummins; Declan Fanning, Philip Maher, Paul Curran; Eamonn Corcoran, Conor O’Mahoney, Liam England; Eoin Brislane, Niall Curran; Benny Dunne, Colin Morrissey, Ger O’Grady (capt); Seamus Butler, John O’Brien, Darragh Egan.

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