By Peter McNamara
Brian Cody has, as expected, named the same team that defeated Waterford in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final for Sunday’s All-Ireland final against Galway in Croke Park.
And there is a boost for Cats supporters too as Jackie Tyrrell and Richie Power are both named among the substitutes with Mark Kelly and Conor Martin unfortunate to make way.
The experience of both Tyrrell and Power, despite his sustained shortage of action, could be vital for Kilkenny if they are required as possible second-half impact replacements.
Cody has kept faith with a side that orchestrated a six-point defeat of the Déise in the last four and Kilkenny are rock-solid odds-on favourites to retain their title at headquarters.
Meanwhile, Tipperary manager Liam Cahill has announced his side to play Galway in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling final.
It shows one change to the side that defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final, with captain Stephen Quirke returning to midfield in place of the injured Darragh Carey, as his Tipperary side go on their quest for a 20th title, having last won in 2012.
1 Pádraic Hayes (Ballingarry)
2 Enda Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore)
3 Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch)
4 James Quigley (Kildangan)
5 Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch)
6 Brian McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
7 Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
8 Stephen Quirke Capt. (Moyle Rovers)
9 Liam McCutcheon (Templederry Kenyons)
10 Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
11 Garry Ryan (Borrisokane)
12 Alan Tynan (Roscrea)
13 Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch)
14 David Gleeson (Ballinahinch)
15 Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)