Dublin Hurling Manager Ger Cunningham has tonight named a very young starting side for their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A opener against All-Ireland champions Tipperary in Croke Park tomorrow night.
Cunningham has chosen three players from the 2016 Leinster minor hurling champions – Patrick Smyth, Cian O’Sullivan and Donal Burke for their first competitive outing of 2017.
Midfielder Domhnall Fox, who won an U21 All-Ireland with Galway in 2011, will also make his debut for the Boys In Blue having transferred to St Jude’s last year.
The Dublin manager will be looking for massive performances from marquee players like Liam Rushe, who captains the side from centre-back, Gary Maguire, Chris Crummey and Ryan O’Dwyer.
Dublin are without their eight-man Cuala contingent along with the injured Eamonn Dillon, Cian Boland, Chris Bennett and Daire Gray.
DUBLIN STARTING 15 (v Tipperary)
1. Gary Maguire (Ballyboden St. Endas)
2. Patrick Smyth (Clontarf)
3. Eoghan O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)
4. Shane Barrett (Na Fianna)
5. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)
6. Liam Rushe (St. Patrick’s Palmerstown)
7. Sean McGrath (Kilmacud Crokes)
8. Ben Quinn (Crumlin)
9. Dómhnaill Fox (St. Judes)
10. Cian O’Sullivan (St. Brigids)
11. Niall McMorrow (Ballyboden St. Endas)
12. Ryan O’Dwyer (Kilmacud Crokes)
13. Óisin O’Rorke (Kilmacud Crokes)
14. Dónal Burke (Na Fianna)
15. Fionntán Mac Gib (Setanta)