Dervan to make first start for Tribesmen since 2008

Galway defender Conor Dervan is in line for his first start for the Tribesmen's senior hurlers since the 2008 Championship, after being named as one of two changes to the side to face Tipperary at Semple Stadium this Sunday (2.30pm)

Galway defender Conor Dervan is in line for his first start for the Tribesmen's senior hurlers since the 2008 Championship, after being named as one of two changes to the side to face Tipperary at Semple Stadium this Sunday (2.30pm)

The Mullagh clubman comes in at wing back in place of Donal Barry bridging a gap of over 18 months since his last appearance in the Maroon jersey, which was also in Thurles.

Dervan made an appearance as a substitute in Galway's 0-23 to 2-15 loss to Cork in a Phase 4 All-Ireland qualifier.

Dervan was not included in the Galway squad last year and has only recently returned from a controversial 12-week suspension, along with two other clubmates.

The suspensions arose after incidents during a Galway Senior hurling semi-final between Mullagh and Loughrea last year.

Galway's only other change from the team which beat Waterford last time out sees James Skehill replace Colm Callanan as goalkeeper as manager John McIntyre and his selectors continue their rotational policy between the posts.

GALWAY (SH v Tipperary): J Skehill; F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Joyce; C Dervan, T Og Regan; D Collins, G Farragher, N Cahalan; A Callanan, C Donnellan, A Harte; I Tannian, J Gantley, N Healy.

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