Cody and Bennis to manage All-Stars

Brian Cody and Richie Bennis have been appointed as managers of the Vodafone All-Star Hurling panels of 2006 and 2007 for the exhibition game at New York's Gaelic Park this coming Saturday.

Brian Cody and Richie Bennis have been appointed as managers of the Vodafone All-Star Hurling panels of 2006 and 2007 for the exhibition game at New York's Gaelic Park this coming Saturday.

This is the first time that the All-Stars have visited New York since the tours were revived under Vodafone's sponsorship in 1999.

Gaelic Park has undergone a considerable transformation this year with a new all-weather surface laid and floodlights erected.

The President of the GAA, Nickey Brennan, will perform the opening ceremony on Saturday evening, fifteen minutes before the throw-in which is scheduled for 6pm New York time.

Just four of the All-Stars of 2006 and 2007 - Brian Murphy (Cork), Jerry O'Connor (Cork), Ken McGrath (Waterford) and Dan Shanahan (Waterford) - are unable to travel.

Replacements have been selected for those players, as well as for the injured James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick and Henry Shefflin, who will travel, and the double award winners Tony Browne, Tommy Walsh and Eddie Brennan.

Amongst those selected to travel is Laois' James Young who was nominated in both years for an All-Stars award.

The 2006 and 2007 Hurling All-Stars will leave for New York on Thursday and are due back on Irish soil on Wednesday week.

"We expect this to be a nostalgic trip as the All-Stars return to New York after a long absence," commented Vodafone Ireland's Strategy Director Gerry Fahy.

"Certainly the GAA fans in New York can expect a true exhibition of hurling from the leading players and this will be another great chapter in the history of the All-Stars tours."

The full list of replacements is: Noel Hickey (Kilkenny), Derek Lyng (Kilkenny), Aidan Kearney (Waterford), Eoin McGrath (Waterford), John Mullane (Waterford), Donal O'Grady (Limerick), Mike Fitzgerald (Limerick), Seamus Hickey (Limerick), Conor O'Mahony (Tipperary), Shane McGrath (Tipperary), James Young (Laois), Keith Rossiter (Wexford), Alan Kerins (Galway), Neil Ronan (Cork).

The Vodafone All-Stars who are travelling are: Donal Og Cusack (Cork), Eoin Murphy (Waterford), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Tony Browne (Waterford), Ronan Curran (Cork), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Eddie Brennan (Kilkenny), Eoin Kelly (Tipperary), Martin Comerford (Kilkenny), Tony Griffin (Clare), Brian Murray (Limerick), Michael Kavanagh (Kilkenny), Declan Fanning (Tipperary), Jackie Tyrrell (Kilkenny), Michael Walsh (Waterford), Ollie Moran (Limerick), Stephen Molumphy (Waterford), Andrew O'Shaughnessy (Limerick), Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny).

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