Kilkenny name team to face Dublin in National Hurling League opener

Newly appointed captain Adrian Mullen returns from injury

Kilkenny name team to face Dublin in National Hurling League opener

Adrian Mullen

Kilkenny have announced the starting team that will take on Dublin in the opening round of the Allianz National Hurling League tomorow afternoon.

The cats selection sees nine players retain their place from the All-Ireland Hurling Championship Semi-final defeat to Waterford in 2020.

The big news sees Adrian Mullen start at centre forward after missing the entirety of last year's championship with a cruciate ligament injury.

As well as Mullen his clubmate Darragh Corcoran comes in for a debut at wing back after impressing for Ballyhale Shamrocks over the past few seasons and on the basis of club form James Bergin also gets his place at corner forward after helping Conahy Shamrocks to the Kilkenny Junior Hurling title.

The game will take place in Parnell Park tomorrow afternoon and will have a 3.30 start.

Kilkenny team to face Dublin: Eoin Murphy; Ciaran Walace, Huw Lawlor, Paddy Deegan, Darragh Corcoran, Padraig Walsh, Conor Browne, Cillian Buckley, Richie Leahy, John Donnelly, Adrian Mullen, Martin Keoghan, James Bergin, TJ Reid, Eoin Cody.

Subs: Darren Brennan; Joey Holden, Tommy Walsh, David Blanchfield, Michael Carey, Conor Fogarty, Richie Reid, Liam Blanchfield, James Maher, Alan Murphy, Tadhg O'Dwyer.

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