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Limerick select three debuts for Laois hurling league tie

Limerick select two debuts for Laois hurling league tie

Newcomer Seamus Flanagan starts at full forward for Limerick

THERE are three league debuts in the Limerick team to play Laois in Sunday’s round one tie.

The Gaelic Grounds hosts the Division 1B Allianz Hurling League clash – the six between the counties in the last seven years.

Making their first league appearances will be free-taker Aaron Gillane, Paddy O’Loughlin at wing back and Seamus Flanagan at full forward.

Gillane did of course make his championship debut last Summer in the Munster SHC, but didn't play 2017 league hurling.

Just four of the 2017 All Ireland U-21 winners are in the line-up; captain Tom Morrissey, Cian Lynch, Gillane and Flanagan.

Sunday's team named by manager John Kiely; selectors: Paul Kinnerk, Jimmy Quilty, Alan Cunningham and Brian Geary and strength & conditioning coach Joe O’Connor, shows one change from the side that beat Clare in the Munster Hurling League final.

O’Loughlin replaces the injured William O’Meara.

Also missing out due to injury is captain Declan Hannon, with Paul Browne captaining the team in his absence.

Also not considered for the matchday panel of 26, due to injury, were Kyle Hayes, Barry Nash and Graeme Mulcahy.

After Sunday’s game with Laois, Limerick will be on the road the following Sunday with a round two game against Offaly in Tullamore.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid (Effin); Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Seamus Hickey (Murroe-Boher), Richie English (Doon); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Dan Morrissey (Ahane), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock); Paul Browne (Bruff), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell); Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry); Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks). Subs: Barry Hennessy, Sean Finn, Richie McCarthy, Colin Ryan, Barry Murphy, Daragh Fanning, David Reidy, Mikey Mackey, Pat Ryan, Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, Lorcan Lyons.

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