The side shows one change from the Clare game, with David Breen replacing Paul Browne in the half forward line.
Pre-game injury doubt Paul Browne will miss the game having suffered a shoulder injury. The side also sees Cian Lynch moved to Corner forward, with captain Donal O’Grady starting at number 10. Gavin O’Mahony starts at centre back, with Seanie O’Brien preferred once more at wing back to Wayne Mc Namara.
1. Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), 2. Stephen Walsh (Glenroe), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Seamus Hickey (Murroe Boher), 5. Seanie O Brien (Patrickswell), 6. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 7. Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 8. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 9. Paudie O Brien (Kilmallock), 10. Donal O Grady (Granagh Ballingarry)(Captain), 11. Declan Hannon (Adare), 12. David Breen (Na Piarsaigh), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh) 15. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell).
Meanwhile Tipperary Senior Hurling manager Eamon O’Shea has announced his side, with some welcome news for Tipperary supporters with the inclusion of John O’Dwyer at top of the right following a recent injury scare. James Barry also makes his return to the heart of the defence following his own injury battle.
In all eleven of the side that started last year’s All Ireland Final replay return to championship action as Tipperary, last into Munster Hurling Championship action, commence their campaign.
The team then lines out as follows;
Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Paddy Stapleton (Borris Ileigh), James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane), Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), James Woodlock, (Drom & Inch), Shane McGrath, (Ballinahinch), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Brendan Maher Capt. (Borris Ileigh), Patrick Maher, (Lorrha Dorrha), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane McDonaghs).