It means, should Cork defeat Waterford, Meade will also be unavailable for the Munster U21 final away to Limerick on Wednesday, July 26.
Meade’s replacement for the number 12 position won’t be announced until before throw-in tonight.
However, Rebel U21 boss John Meyler, who doubles up as a senior selector, has a number of attacking options in the squad, including Newtown’s Tim O’Mahony, Na Piarsaigh’s Dayne Lee and Sars’ Jack O’Connor. Conor Cahalane, younger brother of Damian, is also on the panel.
Senior squad members Pa Collins, David Griffin, Robbie O’Flynn, Michael O’Halloran and Chris O’Leary will all start, against a Waterford team that includes Conor Gleeson, Shane Bennett and Patrick Curran.
The Rebels are favourites to reach a fourth provincial final this season, having already won the U17, minor and senior titles, but Waterford hurling is on a high after their seniors’ first win over Kilkenny since 1959.
Cork will need big performances from defenders Seán O’Donoghue and Eoghan Murphy, midfielder Paul Leopold and centre-forward Deccie Dalton, who was minor goalie two years ago but excelled outfield for Fr O’Neill’s in last year’s IHC triumph.