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Team news and comment — Galway v Limerick, Kilkenny v Waterford

Shane Stapleton looks at the starting teams for the two All-Ireland semi-finals: Galway v Limerick, Kilkenny v Waterford

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.

Kilkenny
Eoin Murphy
Conor Delaney
Huw Lawlor
Tommy Walsh
Padraig Walsh
Cillian Buckley
Paddy Deegan
Conor Browne
Conor Fogarty
John Donnelly
TJ Reid
Martin Keoghan
Billy Ryan
Richie Hogan
Eoin Cody

Waterford 
Stephen O’Keefe
Ian Kenny
Conor Prunty
Shane McNulty
Calum Lyons
Tadhg de Burca
Kevin Moran
Jamie Barron
Jake Dillon
Jack Fagan
Kieran Bennett
Stephen Bennett
Dessie Hutchinson
Austin Gleeson
Jack Prendergast

Galway
Eanna Murphy 
Aidan Harte 
Daithi Burke 
Shane Cooney 
Fintan Burke 
Gearoid McInerney
Joseph Cooney 
Padraic Mannion
Johnny Coen 
Joe Canning 
Cathal Mannion 
David Burke 
Brian Concannon 
Conor Cooney 
Conor Whelan 

Limerick 
Nicky Quaid
Sean Finn
Dan Morrissey
Barry Nash
Diarmaid Byrnes
Declan Hannon
Kyle Hayes
Darragh O’Donovan
William O’Donoghue
Gearoid Hegarty
Cian Lynch
Tom Morrissey
Aaron Gillane
Seamus Flanagan
Graeme Mulcahy

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