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Laois hurling team named for this weekend’s clash with Wexford

Cheddar Plunkett interview

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A senior debut for David Dooley from Rosenallis and a return to the Laois jersey for Cha Dwyer and Ciaran Collier are the big talking points from the Laois hurling team named for Sunday’s National Hurling League clash away to Wexford.

The game will be Cheddar Plunkett’s first in charge since taking over the manager’s job for a second term.

Dooley, who is in his first year out of minor, hasn’t even played senior for his club yet – but his named in the full-forward line alongside Ross King and Ciaran Comerford from The Harps.

Cha Dwyer is listed at centre-forward after missing all of last year while Ciaran Collier from Camross is alongside him and Aaron Dunphy in the half forward line for what will be his first Laois game since 2017.

Enda Rowland will captain the side from in goals while the backline has an experienced look with Jack Kelly returning to the Number 5 jersey.

Podge Delaney continues at centre-back in front of the same full-back line that lined out in both of last year’s championship games – Lee Cleere, Sean Downey and Donnchadh Hartnett.

Paddy Purcell and Fiachra C Fennell form the midfield pairing.

Among those on the injured list include Mark Kavanagh, Willie Dunphy, Picky Maher, Ronan Broderick and Eric Killeen.

The game throws in at 1.45pm in Wexford Park though no supporters will be allowed to attend. The game is being shown live on TG4.

Laois are in action on five of the next six weekends with games to follow against Clare, Dublin, Kilkenny and Antrim ahead of the Leinster championship quarter-final against Wexford on June 26.

LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Lee Cleere, Sean Downey, Donnchadh Hartnett; Jack Kelly, Podge Delaney, Ryan Mullaney; Fiachra C Fennell, Paddy Purcell; Aaron Dunphy, Cha Dwyer, Ciaran Collier; David Dooley, Ross King, Ciaran Comerford.

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