Tipp include three newcomers

Tipperary manager Seamus McCarthy has named three championship debutants in his side to take on Kerry in Sunday's Munster SFC semi-final (Killarney, throw-in 3.30pm).

Tipperary manager Seamus McCarthy has named three championship debutants in his side to take on Kerry in Sunday's Munster SFC semi-final (Killarney, throw-in 3.30pm).

Corner backs Michael Phelan and Andrew Morrissey, as well as right half-forward Philip Austin, will be making their bows against the reigning Munster champions.

Adrfinnan defender Phelan, 24, is team captain. He won a Munster U-21 Hurling medal with the Premier county's hurlers in 2003.

McCarthy has made two changes and a positional switch to the side that beat Antrim in the final round of NFL Division 2B.

Roscrea's Liam England is named at centre back, replacing Mark Peters, with Kevin Mulryan of JK Brackens in for Aidan Fitzgerald at midfield. In the forwards, Cahir clubman Benny Hickey moves to right corner forward, and Eire Og's Damien O'Brien reverts to centre forward.

Tipp's hopes are likely to hinge on the performance of full-forward Declan Browne, an All-Star in 1998 and 2003, who made his championship debut against Kerry back in 1996.

TIPPERARY (SFC v Kerry) - P Fitzgerald; M Phelan (capt), P King, A Morrissey; R Costigan, L England, C Maher; K Mulryan, E Hanrahan; P Austin, D O’Brien, B Lacey; B Mulvihill, D Browne, B Hickey.

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