The Kildare hurling team has been named ahead of the county's first game in the Walsh Cup against IT Carlow on Sunday afternoon.
Joe Quaid's side have been promoted to the top tier pre season competition after sauntering through the lower level Kehoe Cup in 2016, and it should prove to be a decent test ahead of the National League campaign.
The Limerick native has named an unfamiliar looking starting team, with no less than five players appearing in the senior side under Quaid for the first time. Cian Forde, Kevin Connor, Peter Moran, Richard Ryan and Chris Bonus are the five to make their first appearance under Quaid, while there are a raft of players in line to make their debuts off the bench too.
Richie Ryan is the most noteworthy inclusion, with the Ahane native unable to play last year due to ineligibility. Quaid's fellow Limerick man is able to make his debut for the Lilywhites after playing in the Kildare club championship with Naas in 2016, and he will likely take over free-taking duties from Gerry Keegan. The reigning Kildare Hurler of the Year recently left for Australia, where he will work for the year, and his loss will leave a sizeable gap in the Kildare team.
Throw-in for Sunday's game is scheduled for 2pm in St Conleth's Park.
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