Cha Dwyer and Mark Kavanagh have been named on the Laois hurling team for Saturday night’s Allianz Hurling League game at home to Antrim.
They represent the two changes to the starting team from the one beaten by Galway two weeks ago.
Dropping off the team are Portlaoise’s Cian Taylor and Clough-Ballacolla’s Aidan Corby from the side that pushed Galway all the way.
Dwyer missed the opening two games against Limerick and Galway due to injury but did play for IT Carlow in the Fitzgibbon Cup during the week and is deemed fit to start here.
Kavanagh, who has suffered his own injury nightmare over the past couple of seasons, is rewarded with a starting place after a couple of impressive appearances off the subs bench.
Both Laois and Antrim have lost their opening two games – with Antrim also performing well in their opening round against Galway and then only losing by a point to Dublin the last day out.
Saturday’s game, which throws in at 7pm in O’Moore Park, is the first of at least two meetings between the counties this year. They will also play in the new Tier 2 championship in May and could well meet again in a relegation play off and/or a Tier 2 final.
LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Donnacha Hartnett, Leigh Bergin, Lee Cleere; Podge Lawlor, Matthew Whelan, Eric Killeen; Paddy Purcell, James Ryan; Ben Conroy, Cha Dwyer, Willie Dunphy; Ross King, Neil Foyle, Mark Kavanagh