Kilkenny make a number of changes in personnel and positions to their team from the side which defeated Limerick, for the final League game against Waterford.
The defence has five of the six players who started last year’s All-Ireland as Michael Kavanagh makes his first appearance in this year’s league.
Brian Hogan returns to the centre back spot with Jackie Tyrrell switching back to the corner.
Eddie Brennan has recovered from injury and mans the centre forward spot while Michael Grace makes a return having been suspended from the Cork game.
Eoin Guinan of the St. Lactain’s club begins the game at corner forward, his first start in the League for Kilkenny.
P.J. Ryan, Michael Kavanagh, Noel Hickey, Jackie Tyrrell, John Tennyson, Brian Hogan, J.J. Delaney, James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick, Derek Lyng, T.J. Reid, Eddie Brennan, Richie Hogan, Michael Grace, Eoin Larkin, Eoin Guinan.
SUBS: David Herity, Tommy Walsh, Canice Hickey, John Dalton, Sean Cummins, Paddy Hogan, Pat Hartley, John Mulhall, Niall Walsh.