CORK have selected two rookies for tomorrow’s hurling league trip to Limerick, 2pm.
Glen Rovers’ Robert Downey will occupy a wing-back slot while Bride Rovers’ forward Daniel Dooley is picked at number 12.
Ballinhassig keeper Pa Collins is also handed a rare start ahead of Anthony Nash.
Eoin Cadogan also comes into the side for his first league appearance of 2019, while there are some new faces on the bench including his Douglas club comrade Brian Turnbull and Dromtarriffe defender Conor O’Callaghan.
Imokilly and Castlelyons full-back Colm Barry is also in reserve as well as Midleton trio Sean O’Leary Hayes, Tommy O’Connell and Cormac Beausang.
Meanwhile, Doug Howlett, who was on the sideline for last weekend’s victory over Clare, has been officially appointed as High-Performance Lead.
The New Zealander will continue in his role as Munster Rugby’s Head of Commercial and Marketing and will no doubt bring a fresh slant to the backroom.
Another former Munster rugby player Jonny Holland, who has a post-graduate degree in Applied Sports & Exercise Nutrition, has been appointed as nutritionist to the senior hurlers and footballers.
Holland’s career was cut short through injury but he is highly regarded in his new field.
Cork football boss Ronan McCarthy has a couple of additions to his selection committee, as Eddie Kirwan (Nemo Rangers) and Gary O’Halloran (Ballinora) will join Sean Hayes alongside the Douglas man.
Kirwan was already involved as a coach.
CORK (v Limerick): P Collins; S O’Donoghue, E Cadogan, S McDonnell; C Joyce, T O’Mahony, R Downey; B Cooper, C Murphy; D Kearney, S Harnedy (c), D Dooley; C Lehane, A Walsh, P Horgan.
Subs: A Nash, C Cahalane, T O’Connell, C Beausang, C Barry, J O’Connor, S O’Leary Hayes, W Kearney, C O’Callaghan, A Cadogan, B Turnbull.