Kilkenny name team for All-Ireland SHC Final clash with Tipperary

Kilkenny have named their team to start in the All-Ireland SHC Final against Tipperary - and seven time All-Ireland medal winner Eddie Brennan is back in the starting line up.

Kilkenny have named their team to start in the All-Ireland SHC Final against Tipperary - and seven time All-Ireland medal winner Eddie Brennan is back in the starting line up.

Brennan is named at number ten in a reshuffle of the side as Michael Rice is selected at midfield and TJ Reid is named in the substitutes.

Injury worry Colin Fennelly is named to the start and there are no other changes to the team.

Kilkenny line out in their historic sixth successive All-Ireland final and hope to retain the Liam McCarthy Cup having lost last year’s decider - and their bid for five in a row - to Tipperary.

Further history is being made as its the first time that the same two teams have competed in three successive finals and the results stand at one victory else - adding spice to the already intense rivalry between the two counties.

Tipperary named an unchanged team to face Kilkenny earlier in the week.

Kilkenny’s team was announced on Friday night after training which was once again attended by thousands of well-wishing supporters.

The Kilkenny side is captained by O’Loughlin Gaels Brian Hogan and features a wealth of experience - including Henry Shefflin. King Henry is eleven points off a 500 point championship tally for his playing career.

Also, Aidan Fogarty is listed in the subs - the Urlingford club man has made an outstanding recovery from a broken ankle which ruled him out of previous championship games to make the subs bench.

The Kilkenny team to play Tipperary next Sunday is David Herritty; Paul Murphy; Noel Hickey, Jackie Tyrrell; Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, JJ Delaney; Michael Fennelly, Michael Rice; Eddie Brennan, Richie Power, Henry Shefflin; Colin Fennelly, Eoin Larkin, Richie Hogan.

Subs are PJ Ryan; Michael Kavanagh, John Dalton, Paddy Hogan; Conor Fogarty, James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick; TJ Reid; John Mulhall; Matt Ruth; Aidan Fogarty, Richie Doyle.