Ryan returns for Wexford

2001 All-Star Darragh Ryan will make his first appearance of the season in Wexford's NHL Division 1A tussle with Clare on Sunday (Wexford Park, throw-in 2.30pm).

2001 All-Star Darragh Ryan will make his first appearance of the season in Wexford's NHL Division 1A tussle with Clare on Sunday (Wexford Park, throw-in 2.30pm).

Ryan, fit again after a series of knee operations, will line out at full-back against the Banner men. The St. Anne's clubman's most recent inter-county game was ironically against Clare in last July's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final defeat.

Wexford boss Seamus Murphy has made three changes to the side that lost to Waterford last week. The return of 2005 All-Star nominee Ryan means his clubmate David 'Doc' O'Connor moves to centre back in place of the injured Declan Ruth (hamstring).

Askamore teenager PJ Nolan, who played championship hurling at minor, Under-21 and Intermediate levels last season, gets his first start at right half-forward, replacing Paul Carley.

MJ Furlong also comes into the attack in the left corner, with Stephen Doyle, who hit 0-03 against Waterford, retreating onto the bench. Oulart-the Ballagha clubman Dessie Mythen, who broke a finger against Offaly in the Walsh Cup earlier this month, is also named amongst the substitutes.

WEXFORD (NHL v Clare) - Damien Fitzhenry; Malachy Travers, Darragh Ryan, Keith Rossiter (capt; Ciarán Kenny, David O'Connor, Diarmuid Lyng; Darren Stamp, Tomás Mahon; PJ Nolan, Eoin Quigley, Michael Jacob; Micheál Jordan, Rory Jacob, MJ Furlong.

Substitutes: Matty White, Paul Roche, Kevin Kavanagh, Paul Carley, Stephen Doyle, Seán O'Neill, Stephen Nolan, Dessie Mythen.

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