TJ Reid returns to championship action to face Offaly in Tullamore this Sunday havingrecovered from a knee injury suffered in last year’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship final victory over Galway.
Brian Cody announced the team this evening , with another significant change being the return of Richie Power - but unfortunately for Kilkenny Michael Fennelly was unavailable for selection due to injury.
There are championship debuts for Eoin Murphy in goal, and Lester Ryan at midfield.
Kilkenny begin the championship, for the first time in 14 years, without Henry Shefflin on the field as the Ballyhale man continues to overcome a foot injury.Richie Doyle, another long term injury for Kilkenny, is named in the subs.
Eoin Murphy; Paul murphy; JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell; Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan; Kieran Joyce; Lester Ryan; Michael Rice; TJ Reid, Richie Power, Eoin Larkin; Colin Fennelly, Richie Hogan, Aidan Fogarty. Subs David Herity, Conor Fogarty, Paddy Hogan, Cillian Buckley, Walter Walsh, Matthew Ruth, Padraig Walsh, Willie Phelan, Richie Doyle, Joe Brennan, Mark Kelly.