Tipperary have announced their side for the crucial Allianz Hurling League Roinn 5 clash against age-old rivals Cork.
With the Premier county currently sitting on four points, a draw or a victory will secure Division 1A status for another season. The stakes are high for Tipperary who were not expected to be involved in a relegation dogfight, but after a mixed campaign which yielded home wins wins over Waterford and Wexford, and defeat to Clare and Kilkenny, the onus is on the Tipperary to ensure a positive result, although other results could ensure their safety also.
With that in mind, manager Michael Ryan has picked a strong side which features the return of captain Padraic Maher, who was rested for the trip to Kilkenny. Jason Ford and John McGrath, and Barry Heffernan also return, fresh from their starring roles in University of Limerick’s Fitzgibbon Cup winning run.
Cathal Barratt comes back in at Midfield, where he partners Brendan Maher.
The scenario for Cork, who are currently on just two points, is very straightforward: win or face the dreaded relegation play-off. The throw-in in at Semple stadium is at 2.30pm, with the fixture being preceded by the Allianz Football League Division Two clash, between Tipperary and Louth.