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Team News Ahead Of Quarter-Final Double-Header in Croke Park

The All Ireland quarter-finals return to Croke Park on Sunday and it’s sure to be a feast of hurling action as Kilkenny take on Cork before Tipperary face Laois. 

The winners of the first quarter-final will progress to face Limerick on July 27 while Tipperary and Laois will battle it out to decide who will meet Wexford in the final four.

Ahead of Sunday’s meetings, all four counties have named their starting teams.

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Kilkenny v Cork, Croke Park, 2pm (RTE2)

Brian Cody has made four changes to his side that lost out to Wexford in the Leinster Final two weeks ago.

Former Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan returns to the half-forward line following ongoing injury concerns while Cillian Buckley, Conor Browne and John Donnelly are also named to start.

Enda Morrissey, James Maher, Walter Walsh and Alan Murphy are the players to make way.

Meanwhile, John Meyler has made three changes to his Cork team that eased past Westmeath in the preliminary quarter-final last weekend.

Daniel Kearney and Luke Meade return to the formidable forward unit with Darragh Fitzgibbon restored at midfield while Tim O’Mahony and Shane Kingston return to the bench. Also named among the substitutes is Aidan Walsh who has recovered from a finger injury.

Sean O’Donoghue replaces Christopher Joyce in the final change to the side.

Kilkenny: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Huw Lawlor, Joey Holden; Paddy Deegan, Padraig Walsh, Cillian Buckley; Conor Browne, Conor Fogarty; Richie Hogan, TJ Reid, Richie Leahy; Adrian Mullen, Colin Fennelly, John Donnelly.

Replacements: Darren Brennan, Enda Morrissey, Jason Cleere, Conor Delaney, Richie Reid, James Maher, Walter Walsh, Liam Blanchfield, Alan Murphy, Billy Ryan, Bill Sheehan.

Cork: Anthony Nash; Sean O’Donoghue, Eoin Cadogan, Stephen McDonnell; Niall O’Leary, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Daniel Kearney, Conor Lehane, Luke Meade; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Seamus Harnedy.

Subs: Patrick Collins, Damien Cahalane, Darren Browne, Christopher Joyce, Robert Downey, Tim O’Mahony, Robbie O’Flynn, Aidan Walsh, Shane Kingston, Declan Dalton, Jack O’Connor.

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Tipperary v Laois, Croke Park, 4pm (RTE 2) 

Following their 12-point loss to Limerick in the Munster final a fortnight ago, Liam Sheedy has made four changes to his Tipperary side for Sunday’s clash with Laois.

Cathal Barrett reclaims his position at corner-back following his recovery from a hamstring injury while Alan Flynn is also restored to the full-back line.

Ger Browne is handed his first championship start at midfield while Niall O’Meara returns to the starting XV for the first time since their Munster opener against Cork in May.

Sean O’Brien, Seamus Kennedy, Michael Breen and Jake Morris are the players to make way.

Meanwhile, Eddie Brennan has kept faith with the same starting team who recorded a historic win against Dublin in Portlaoise last week.

Mark Kavanagh led the attack with eight points while Aaron Dunphy was the scorer of the all-important goal and the duo are named in the half-forward line alongside Eanna Lyons who was a late call-up in place of Stephen Maher last week.

Sunday marks the county’s first All Ireland quarter-final in 40 years.

Tipperary: Brian Hogan; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Alan Flynn; Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Ronan Maher; Noel McGrath, Ger Browne; Dan McCormack, John O’Dwyer, Niall O’Meara; Jason Forde, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath.

Replacements: Paul Maher, Michael Breen, Robert Byrne, Jerome Cahill, Willie Connors, Barry Heffernan, Mark Kehoe, Séamus Kennedy, Brian McGrath, Jake Morris, Seán O’Brien.

Laois: Enda Rowland; Lee Cleere, Matthew Whelan, Joe Phelan; Jack Kelly, Ryan Mullaney, Padraig Delaney; John Lennon, Paddy Purcell; Aaron Dunphy, Mark Kavanagh, Eanna Lyons; Willie Dunphy, Cha Dwyer, Ross King.

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