Kilkenny senior hurling manager Brian Cody has named a strong side to face Waterford in Sunday's Allianz League opener.
The Cats will field 10 of the team who started the 2016 All-Ireland final when they take on the Deise in the opening round of their Division 1A campaign at Nowlan Park (throw-in 2pm).
The game sees new role for Tullaroan's Padraig Walsh. He will line out at full-back for the Cats.
The team is:
Kilkenny - E Murphy J Holden P Walsh C o Shea P Murphy K Joyce C Buckley O Walsh C Fogarty P Lyng TJ Reid S Morrissey JJ Farrell L Blanchfield R Hogan Subs R Reid R Lennon M Walsh S Prendergast E Cody L Ryan P Deegan C Martin R Leahy W Walsh A Murphy.
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