Five changes for Connacht

Diarmuid Cloonan and Mark Kerins have been drafted into the Connacht side for Saturday's M Donnelly Interprovincial Hurling final against Leinster (Pearse Stadium, throw-in 4.45pm).

Diarmuid Cloonan and Mark Kerins have been drafted into the Connacht side for Saturday's M Donnelly Interprovincial Hurling final against Leinster (Pearse Stadium, throw-in 4.45pm).

John Fahy and his management team have been forced to make five changes to the starting XV that saw off defending champions Munster 2-17 to 1-16 in Ennis in the semi-final.

Defender Shane Kavanagh and forward David Forde, who both started against Munster, are currently in Australia - they left for Down Under last Friday - but they are scheduled to be back for Christmas-time training under new Galway boss Ger Loughnane.

Their places in the all-Galway Connacht line-up have been taken by Cloonan and Kerins. The duo are returning from the cold having not featured in the championship for Galway since 2004.

In the other alterations, defender John Lee and attackers Kenneth Burke and Iarla Tannian have been called up by Fahy.

Frontline forwards Ger Farragher, Niall Healy and Kevin Broderick are the players to miss out, with Richie Murray returning to his forward station after playing at centre back in the win over Munster.

Both Lee, who captained Galway to All-Ireland minor success in 2003, and Tannian will be making their first senior starts.

Connacht have won the Interpro title on ten occasions - nine of those wins have arrived since 1980.

CONNACHT (Interpro SH v Leinster) - L Donoghue; D Joyce, G Mahon, T Og Regan; D Collins, D Cloonan, J Lee; F Healy, A Kerins; R Murray, M Kerins, D Tierney; I Tannian, E Cloonan, K Burke.

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