Champions Limerick gained experience in the first game of their Munster and All-Ireland title defense this weekend, calling up 13 of their All-Ireland-winning starting side to take on Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Recent experience has also dictated how they fill the two All-Ireland Final vacancies created by injuries to Peter Casey and Seamus Flanagan.
There’s a recall for Graeme Mulcahy to take over Casey while David Reidy comes in for Flanagan and Aaron Gillane comes in as a full forward.
Otherwise the team is as expected as manager John Kiely and his backroom team resist the temptation to start players like Cathal O’Neill and Colin Coughlan who remain on the bench.
Waterford will give 19-year-old Carthach Daly, one of the stars of their league campaign, a championship debut when they play Tipperary at Walsh Park on Sunday, but Austin Gleeson was benched after missing the league final through suspension. Jamie Barron is also among the substitutes but, as expected, Tadhg De Burca is back for his first league game since the 2020 All-Ireland Final.
Patrick Curran makes a rare championship start while Michael Kiely will also start in attack after making such an impression off the bench last summer.
Tipperary hand championship debuts for James Quigley, Craig Morgan and Conor Bowe, while Dillon Quirke makes a first championship start on a new-look Tipperary team. Quigley and Morgan will both be at full-back, while Quirke has been promoted to right-half-back, leaving the team with little experience now that Brendan and Padraic Maher have retired.
Barry Heffernan moves to midfield but there is no room for Dan McCormack as Bowe steps up in attack where Seamie Callanan is absent through injury.
Henry Shefflin has named his first Galway Championship team who play Wexford tomorrow.
Cianan Fahy makes his championship debut while Evan Niland is called back to attack after not starting a competitive game since defeating Offaly in the Allianz League first round. Ronan Glennon, one of the league’s big finds, is not named in the 26-man squad.
Dublin have made four changes from the side who played Laois in the league four weeks ago before being renewed with the Midlanders tomorrow.
Andrew Dunphy, Jake Malone, Rian McBride and Paul Crummey have all been left out as John Bellew, Conor Burke, Danny Sutcliffe and Ronan Hayes are recalled.
Dublin (SH vs. Laois); S Brennan; J Bellew, E O’Donnell, C O’Callaghan; Ryan D, Smyth P, Madden J; C Burke, C Crommey; Burke D, Keogh D, Sutcliffe D; E Dillon, F Whitely, R Hayes.
Tipperary (SH vs Waterford): Brian Hogan; Barrett C, Quigley J, Morgan C; D Quirke, R Maher, S Kennedy; A. Flynn, B. Heffernan; C Bowe, N McGrath, M Breen; J Forde, M Kehoe, J Morris.
Limerick: (SH vs. Cork): N Quaid; Finn S, Morrissey D, Nash B; D Byrnes, D Hannon, K Hayes; D O’Donovan, W O’Donoghue; G Hegarty, C Lynch, T Morrissey; D Reidy, A Gillane, G Mulcahy. Subs: B Hennessy, C Boylan, M Casey, R Connolly, A Costello, C Coughlan, R English, R Hanley, C O’Neill, O O’Reilly, P Ryan.
Waterford (SH vs. Tipperary): S O’Brien; Gleeson C, Prunty C, McNulty S; J Fagan, T De Burca, C Daly; D Lyons, C Lyons; N Montgomery, J Prendergast, P Curran; Hutchinson D, Bennett Stephen, Kiely M. Subs: B Nolan, I Daly, B Power, Shane Bennett, P Mahony, K Bennett, M Harney, T Barron, P Hogan, J Barron, A Gleeson.
Galway (SH vs Wexford): E Murphy; J Grealish, Daithi Burke, D Morrissey; P Mannion, G McInerney, F Burke; J Cooney, T Monaghan; E Niland, C Cooney, C Fahy; C Whelan, Concannon, C Mannion. Subs: D Fahy, D Cronin, T Killeen, T J Brennan, S Ryan, David Burke, J Coen, J Hastings, G Lee, K Cooney, E Burke.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaa-championship-team-news-limerick-opt-for-experience-while-young-guns-earn-debuts-for-waterford-and-tipp-41557892.html GAA Championship team news: Limerick opts for experience as young guns make debuts for Waterford and Tipp