Team news: Aylward ruled out as clubmate comes in

April 06, 2018

Glenmore clubmates Ger Aylward and Alan Murphy.

Kilkenny forward Ger Aylward has failed to overcome a hamstring injury he picked up in the latter stages of last weekend's win over Wexford ahead of Sunday's league final.

The Glenmore star, who recently made his return to inter-county action after an eight-month absence, is replaced by his clubmate Alan Murphy at corner-forward for the Nowlan Park showdown with neighbours Tipperary.

Otherwise, the Cats have named an unchanged starting 15 from the 1-27 to 2-15 semi-final success at Wexford Park.

Kilkenny are aiming to defend their proud record of winning league finals under Brian Cody - the James Stephens clubman has led his native county to eight victories in the competition including a three-in-row from 2012-14.

Kilkenny (Allianz HL final v Tipperary): Eoin Murphy; Joey Holden, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Conor Delaney, Cillian Buckley, Enda Morrissey; Richie Leahy, James Maher; Martin Keoghan, TJ Reid, John Donnelly; Bill Sheehan, Walter Walsh, Alan Murphy.

Subs: Darren Brennan, Conor O'Shea, Robert Lennon, Conor Browne, Lester Ryan, Conor Fogarty, Liam Blanchfield, Pat Lyng, Luke Scanlon, Conor Martin, Richie Reid.

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