THERE are two changes to the Limerick hurling team to face Dublin in Saturday’s All Ireland SHC Qualifier in Thurles.
Back into the team come Seamus Hickey and Declan Hannon.
Tom Condon misses out through injury after sustaining a shoulder injury in the win over Westmeath last Sunday and is replaced by All Star Hickey. Seanie Tobin’s spot at centre forward goes to Hannon.
Meanwhile, Ger Cunningham has named an unchanged Dublin side from that which beat Laois last Saturday.
The All Ireland SHC Qualifier clash of Limerick and Dublin has a 5.00 start and will be televised live on RTE.
Saturday’s hectic schedule in Semple Stadium begins at 2.45 with the football clash of Tipperary and Louth. The Sky Sports covered Clare and Cork has a 7.00 start in their hurling qualifier.
Limerick are be bidding to reach a July 26 All Ireland SHC quarter final against a beaten provincial finalist - Galway or perhaps Waterford if they lose the Munster final. A rematch with Tipperary would be avoided at this stage of the championship.
Dublin have beaten Limerick in three big contests in recent years - 2011 All Ireland SHC quarter final, 2013 Division 2 league final and this Spring’s league quarter final in Croke Park.
Despite the poor recent record against The Dubs in big games, the bookies have made Limerick the 8/11 favourites to advance.
LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Seamus Hickey, Richie McCarthy, Seanie O’Brien; Paudie O’Brien, Gavin O’Mahony, Wayne McNamara; Paul Browne, James Ryan; David Breen, Declan Hannon, Shane Dowling; Graeme Mulcahy, Kevin Downes, Cian Lynch.
DUBLIN: Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Cian O’Callaghan, Paul Schutte; Chris Cummey, Liam Rushe, Shane Barrett; Johnny McCaffrey, Ryan O’Dwyer; Cian Boland, Eamon Dillon, Danny Sutcliffe; Paul Ryan, Conal Keaney, Mark Schutte.