There are two changes to the Galway team from the side which scored a dramatic extra-time Leinster final victory over Wexford.
Andrew Greaney comes in for Mark Hughes at centre-back, while Patrick Foley replaces Cian Salmon at centre-forward. Greaney did not feature on the evening of their maiden Leinster final triumph, while Foley was introduced at half-time in that particular fixture.
This is a repeat of the 2015 All-Ireland minor final, which the young Tribesmen won by 4-13 to 1-16 and, from that team, 10 players — Shane Bannon, Jack Fitzpatrick, Fintan Burke, Andrew Greaney, Jack Grealish, Sean Loftus, Thomas Monaghan, Cianan Fahy, Brian Concannon, and Evan Niland — are named to start here.
In previous years, Galway came in cold at the All-Ireland semi-final stage, but that is no such concern on this occasion, as Tony Ward’s group have a full — and highly competitive — Leinster campaign behind them.
Tipperary will be stinging from their Munster final no-show last month. Their starting six forwards contributed 1-4 and such a paltry return will be nowhere near sufficient this evening.
Where Tipperary may hold an advantage is that management have had full access to their players for the past number of weeks.
That wouldn’t be the case for their opponents, given there are a scattering of players, including Sean Loftus and Thomas Monaghan, involved with the seniors.