Kilkenny make four changes to face Cork

Fennelly in for first start of season

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Kilkenny make four changes to face Cork

Colin Fennelly picked at centre-forward

Kilkenny have made four changes from the team beaten last time out by Clare for Sunday's National Hurling League clash with Cork in Nowlan Park (2pm).

Jason Cleere from the Bennettsbridge clubs makes his senior debut at centre-back. Paul Murphy, who filled the role against Clare, returns to his usual position at No. 2. 

Paddy Deegan from O'Loughlin Gaels comes in at midfield with Conor Fogarty dropping back to the half back line. 

Up front Colin Fennelly makes his first appearance of the season at centre-forward with Conor Martin of the Emeralds (Urlingford) starting at full forward.

Kilkenny are chasing their first win, having lost to Waterford and Clare in their previous two games. Cork have won one match.

Kilkenny - Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh, Conor O'Shea; Conor Fogarty, Jason Cleere, Kieran Joyce; Cillian Buckley, Paddy Deegan; T.J. Reid, Colin Fennelly, Richie Leahy; Richie Hogan, Conor Martin, Walter Walsh. 

The Cork senior hurling team to play Kilkenny in the Allianz League tomorrow in Nowlan Park (2pm) is - Anthony Nash; Killian Burke, Damian Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Daniel Kearney; Dean Brosnan, Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston; Alan Cadogan, Seamus Harnedy, Luke Meade.
Subs - Patrick Collins, Stephen McDonnell, David Griffin, Cormac Murphy, Chris O'Leary, Lorcan McLoughlin, Brian Lawton, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Luke O'Farrell, Patrick Horgan, Michael O' Halloran.

Subs - Alan Murphy, Shane Prendergast, Joey Holden, Evan Cody, Conor Delaney, Ollie Walsh, James Maher, Sean Morrissey, Liam Blanchfield, Michael Malone. 

Referee -James McGrath