Maloney returns to Tipperary team

Hugh Maloney, who has had injury problems with both shoulders this season, has been passed fit to play for Tipperary in Sunday's All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final against Waterford.

Hugh Maloney, who has had injury problems with both shoulders this season, has been passed fit to play for Tipperary in Sunday's All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final against Waterford.

Maloney will start the Croke Park clash (throw-in 3.30pm) as the one and only change Tipp manager Liam Sheedy has made to the side that won last month's Munster final.

The Nenagh Eire Og clubman comes in at centre-forward with Pat Kerwick the player to lose out.

Seamus Callinan has been moved from centre-forward to right half-forward to accommodate Maloney's inclusion.

Sheedy has made a couple of positional switches with Lar Corbett, who has overcome a leg injury, pencilled in at top of the left, and Seamus Butler will man the full-forward berth.

Fully fit after recovering from an arm injury, Conor O'Mahony retains his place at centre-back in what has become a settled Tipp defence, marshalled by goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, the recent winner of the All-Ireland Poc Fada title.

Tipp are hoping to reach the All-Ireland senior final for the first time since 2001, when they last lifted the Liam McCarthy Cup.

The reigning Munster champions are unbeaten in league and championship hurling in 2008, but have only won five of their 10 championship meetings with Waterford since 1983.

Tipp lost their last two All-Ireland semi-finals to Kilkenny in both 2002 and 2003. Should they win on Sunday, Kilkenny await again in next month's decider.

TIPPERARY (SHC v Waterford) - B Cummins; E Buckley, P Curran, C O'Brien; E Corcoran, C O'Mahony, S Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; S Callinan, H Maloney, J O'Brien; E Kelly (capt), S Butler, L Corbett.

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