There are five changes on the Kilkenny team to play Dublin in Round 5 of the Allianz League in Nowlan Park on Sunday. Brian Kennedy (St Lachtains) starts at corner back. Lester Ryan, who replaced the injured Conor Fogarty early in the Pairc Ui Rinn game last weekend, continues at mid-field. James Maher, Jonjo Farrell and John Power all start in the forward line this weekend. Joe Lyng and Liam Blanchfield have been added to the match day squad.
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This Sunday Kilkenny welcome Dublin to Nowlan Park for a top of the table clash. Both teams plus Waterford are on 6 points and all have qualified for the quarter-finals. What's at stake on Sunday is our likely opposition in the quarter-finals. If Kilkenny win they will most likely play Offaly or Wexford in the quarters whereas a loss to Dublin would put Kilkenny in 3rd place in the table and a tie against either Clare or Limerick. In any case it is a huge leap from this time last year as they faced up to Clare in a do or die game to retain Div 1A status.
Supporters are again reminded that construction work continues at Nowlan Park and the Terrace remains closed. All three seated stands will be open. Supporters are again encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avail of €5 discount and to avoid queues on Sunday.
This game is not being covered live or deferred on TV.
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In a thrilling encounter in Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday night Kilkenny snatched victory with an injury time point from John Power. Both sides had periods of dominance and pointless Cork played some terrific hurling over the 70 minutes. But it was Kilkenny's "Never Say Die" attitude that won out in the end. After the full round of games this weekend Kilkenny find themselves in second position in the table behind Dublin and ahead of Waterford with all three teams on 6 points. All three have qualified for the quarter-finals. The fourth quarter-finalist from Div 1A will be either Tipperary or Galway with all to play for next weekend. Kilkenny and Dublin go head to head in Nowlan Park with the prize on offer a likely quarter -final against Offaly or Wexford. A loss to Dublin is likely to pit us against either LimericK or Clare in the quarter-final.
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Brian Cody has continued his policy of rotating his squad with three changes on the team to meet Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday evening. Paul Murphy returns to the full back line in place of Jackie Tyrrell. At midfield Diarmuid Cody starts partnering Conor Fogarty with Lester Ryan moving to the bench. There is one change in the forwards where Emerald's Conor Martin gets his chance in place of James Maher. Richie Reid continues on goal in place of the injured Eoin Murphy. Chris Bolger is a new addition to the subs.
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The game throws in at 7pm and is being televised live by Setanta TV. The game will also be broadcast live by KCLR 96FM. There will also be score updates on our own Twitter feed @KilkennyCLG.
Kilkenny's next outing in the Allianz National Hurling League is an away fixture to Cork. The game will be played under lights in Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening next with a 7pm throw in. Cork will be desperate for a win after three disappointing defeats in their first three games whilst Kilkenny have their eyes set firmly on a quarter-final berth but may still need to secure some additional league points to ensure their place in the knockout stages.
Tickets are now on sale at the usual outlets and again supporters are encouraged to purchase these in advance to avail of €5 discount. The game will be televised live on Setanta TV.