Wexford recall trio

Rory McCarthy, Mitch Jordan and Barry Lambert have earned recalls to the Wexford team for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final clash with Tipperary (Croke Park, throw-in 2pm).

Rory McCarthy, Mitch Jordan and Barry Lambert have earned recalls to the Wexford team for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final clash with Tipperary (Croke Park, throw-in 2pm).

The Models will line out with a new midfield partnership on Sunday, with McCarthy joining Darren Stamp in centre-field and Diarmuid Lyng and Eoin Quigley moving to different positions. McCarthy will be making his first start of the 2007 championship.

Jordan will lead the attack on the '40' and Lambert, who hit the match-winning point in last month's win over Dublin, comes in at right corner forward to join the Jacob brothers, Michael and Rory, in the full-forward line.

Ciaran Kenny, David O'Connor and Nigel Higgins are the players to lose out in the reshuffle. 2007 captain Higgins was dropped from the panel earlier this month for turning up late for a training session.

Wexford, who lost by 15 points to Kilkenny in the recent Leinster final, will have veteran goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry as their captain this weekend. Sunday's game will see the 33-year-old net minder making his 165th and possibly final appearance for his county.

The recalled McCarthy and Fitzhenry are Wexford's last remaining links with their famed 1996 All-Ireland winning side.

Declan Ruth has been restored to his more familiar centre-back position after Henry Shefflin gave him a torrid time at full-back in the Leinster final. In a direct swap, Keith Rossiter takes on at number 3.

Wexford are seeking their first championship win over Tipperary since 1968 and their third victory in all in ten meetings.

They have had a 50% success rate in All-Ireland quarter-finals so far - they lost to Clare in the last-eight in 2005 and 2006, but were quarter-final winners over Limerick (2001) and Antrim (2003).

WEXFORD (SHC v Tipperary) - D Fitzhenry (capt); M Travers, K Rossiter, P Roche; R Kehoe, D Ruth, D Lyng; D Stamp, R McCarthy; E Quigley, M Jordan, S Nolan; B Lambert, M Jacob, R Jacob.

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