The inter-county hurling season gets underway on Saturday evening in Mallow when Cork take on Limerick.
John Meyler takes charge of his first competitive game for Cork having taken over the reigns from the departing Kieran Kingston and has yet to name his side to square off against the Treaty.
Limerick manager John Kiely has named his team to face the Rebels and it is a young side littered with talent.
Six players from the victorious 2017 u-21 All-Ireland final will start in Mallow.
Limerick will be hoping to improve on their form at senior level and progress coinciding with some of the underage success they have had in recent years, particularly at the under-21 grade. Hurlers such as Aaron Gillane and Seamus Flanagan will be given their opportunity to prove themselves at senior level having caught the eye for the county underage.
Gillane certainly looks a hot prospect after several dashing displays en route to the u-21 All-Ireland this year in attack.
Some household names are also down to line out for the season-opener, including Cian Lynch, Seamus Hickey and Paul Browne.
It remains to be seen how strong Meyler will go with his debut team selection but the fixture promises to be an entertaining encounter, with many fringe players typically eager to nail a place in the county panel and even starting team down for the upcoming 2018 championship.
Limerick team to play Cork:
Sean Finn, Seamus Hickey, Richie English,
Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey,
Paul Browne, Pat Ryan,
Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch, Tom Morrissey,
Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Barry Nash.