Shane Stapleton looks at the starting teams for the two All-Ireland semi-finals: Galway v Limerick, Kilkenny v Waterford.
Brian Cody has handed Richie Hogan his first championship start for Kilkenny since the 2019 All-Ireland final.
The 2014 Hurler of the Year was shown a red card before half time in that heavy defeat to Tipperary, and so far this season has had to make do with an impact role from the bench.
A couple of wides against Dublin was the Danefort man’s lot in the first outing, but he roared back with a game-winning cameo of 1-2 against Galway.
Cody has has also added Billy Ryan — a goalscorer against Dublin — to his forward line, meaning captain Colin Fennelly and the experienced Wally Walsh drop out.
Paddy Deegan missed the victory over the Tribe, and he is reinstated at wing-back as Conor Fogarty takes the midfield slot vacated by Richie Leahy (hamstring injury).
Liam Cahill has opted to name the same starting team from the win over Clare, though Billy Power is named on the bench in place of Ciaran Kirwan.
Galway boss Shane O’Neill has selected an unchanged XV from last weekend’s thrilling win over Tipperary.
Eanna Murphy, Shane Cooney, Fintan Burke, and Brian Concannon are relative newcomers at this stage, being the only members of the team who didn’t start the 2018 All-Ireland final against Limerick.
The Treaty have shuffled their pack somewhat, with Darragh O’Donovan and Seamus Flanagan in for David Reidy and Peter Casey, following on from their Munster final win over Waterford.
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