Just eight of the Kilkenny players who started the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 final against Tipperary start in the same position for the Cats' Championship opener against Offaly on Saturday in Nowlan Park.

Overall the side shows three changes in personnel.

Tommy Walsh has to be satisfied with a place on the bench. His position is taken by his younger brother, Padraig. It’s the first time since making his championship debut 11 years ago that Tommy Walsh has not been selected when fit to play.

Lester Ryan and Richie Hogan make up the Kilkenny midfield, and in the half-forward line Walter Walsh, Michael Fennelly and TJ Reid are selected.

Henry Shefflin’s failure to recover from injury is confirmed, and the full-forward line is comprised of Colin Fennelly, Mark Kelly and Eoin Larkin.

Brian Kennedy, Pádraig Walsh and Kelly all make their first championship starts for Kilkenny.

Kilkenny (SH v Offaly): E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, B Kennedy; P Walsh, J Tyrrell, C Buckley; L Ryan, R Hogan; W Walsh, M Fennelly, TJ Reid; C Fennelly, M Kelly, E Larkin.

Substitutes: D Herity, B Hogan, K Joyce, M Walsh, J Holden, T Keogh, T Walsh, A Fogarty, J Farrell, J Brennan.

Offaly’s side shows nine positional changes from the one that secured their Allianz National Hurling League Division 1B status.

James Dempsey has been named in goal ahead of Conor Slevin, and ahead of him Rory Hanniffy comes in at full-back.

Derek Morkan is selected at centre-back, and ahead of him Conor Mahon moves back to midfield to partner captain Sean Ryan.

In the forwards, Joe Bergin comes back out to the half-forward line to captain the side, and Peter Geraghty also starts.

A changed full-forward line is comprised of Kevin Connolly, Shane Dooley and Brian Carroll.

Offaly (SH v Kilkenny): J Dempsey; N Wynne, R Hanniffy, J Rigney; B Harding, D Morkan, C Parlon; C Mahon, S Ryan; J Bergin (Capt), D Currams, P Geraghty; K Connolly, S Dooley and B Carroll.

Colm Begley returns to the Laois side to face Dublin in Sunday's Leinster SFC quarter-final at Croke Park.

Begley was drooped from the side that defeated Wicklow in the preliminary round playing with his club Parnells in a Dublin SFC game that week.

Robbie Kehoe is the player to make way at number seven.

Laois: G Brody; P McMahon, P Begley, P O'Leary; D Strong, S Attride, C Begley; K Meaney, J O'Loughlin; J Finn, D Kingston, B Sheehan; R Munnelly, C Meredith, D Conway.

Dublin: S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O'Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, N Devereaux, D Daly; MD Macauley, C O'Sullivan; P Flynn, P Andrews, D Connolly; A Brogan, E O'Gara, B Brogan

Tyrone hurling manager Mattie Lennon has named his side for the Nicky Rackard  Cup final against Fingal in Croke Park on Saturday (2pm), with free-scoring captain Damian Casey likely to be an important figure on the day.

Tyrone (SH v Fingal): J Devlin, C Mc Nally, R Devlin, M O'Gorman, M Grogan, S Donnelly, A Kelly, M Winters, G Fox, C Grogan, T Morgan, C Cross, M Mulgrew, D Casey (c), G Gilmore.

Elsewhere, Cork make one change to the side that drew against Waterford for their Munster quarter-final replay.

Bill Cooper comes into the half-forward line at the expense of Cian McCarthy. Eoin Cadogan, who missed out on the drawn game because injury, is named as a substitute.

Cork (SH v Waterford): A Nash; S O’Neill, D Cahalane, S McDonnell; C Joyce, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, A Walsh; C Lehane, B Cooper, P Cronin; A Cadogan, S Harnedy, P Horgan.

Cavan manager Terry Hyland has announced a starting XV with no new names for their Ulster Football Championship quarter-final clash against Armagh in the Athletic Grounds this coming Sunday.

Conor Gilsenan retains the number one jersey, while the full-back line will see Rory Dunne in charge at full-back, ably assisted by Jason McLoughlin and Feargal Flanagan in both corners.

Team captain Alan Clarke and vice-captain Damian O’Reilly will be joined by Ramor United’s James McEnroe in the half-back line.

The midfield berth will feature David Givney, partnered by Gearoid McKiernan who plays his first championship football in two years following an injury-enforced break last year.

The half-forward line shows a familiarity to that selected during the Allianz League with 2013 All Star nominee Cian Mackey lining out with Niall McDermott and Martin Reilly.

Cavan’s front line of attack will feature the experienced Eugene Keating with one of the top scorers of last year championship series Martin Dunne.

Keating and Dunne will be joined by the second Ramor United player on the team, Jack Brady.

Cavan (SF v Armagh): C Gilsenan; J McLoughlin, R Dunne, F Flanagan; J McEnroe, A Clarke, D Givney; G McKiernan; C Mackey, N McDermott, M Reilly; E Keating, M Dunne, J Brady.

Mayo captain Andy Moran is named among the substitutes in the team to face Roscommon in Sunday's Connacht SFC quarter-final at Hyde Park.

Manager James Horan hands a championship debut to Conor O'Shea at number 11, while Alan Freeman returns to the team in the full-forward berth in place of Moran.

Ger Cafferkey gets the nod at full-back ahead of Kevin Keane.

There is no place in the squad for former Connacht rugby captain Gavin Duffy.

Ian Kilbride comes in for the injured David Keenan on the Roscommon and will start in the half-back line. 

Roscommon: D O'Malley; S McDermott, N Carty, N Collins; I Kilbride, N Daly, C Cafferkey; C Shine, K Higgins; D O'Gara, D Shine, R Stack; S Kilbride, C Cregg, C Murtagh.

Mayo: R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, G Cafferkey, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, D Vaughan; C O’Shea, A O’Shea; D O’Connor, S O’Shea, J Doherty; K McLoughlin, A Freeman, C O’Connor.

Louth show two changes from the side that defeated Westmeath for Sunday's Leinster SFC quarter-final against Kildare at Croke Park.

Patrick Reilly will make his first championship start in the half-back line while Brian Donnelly comes in to partner Paddy Keenan in midfield. Gary O'Hare and Shane Lennon are the players who drop out.

Ryan Burns, who made a real impression against the Lake County on 17 May, is not in the side as he is currently sitting his Leaving Certificate. 

Louth: N Gallagher; P Rath, D Finnegan, J O'Brien; P Reilly, D Crilly, A Reid; P Keenan, B Donnelly; A McDonnell, B White, D Maguire; D Byrne, C Grimes, M Fanning. 

Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath has made two changes to his side to play Cork in their Munster championship replay with Shane Fives and Shane O'Sullivan returning to the starting line-up.

Fives takes the place of Barry Coughlan while O’Sullivan returns at midfield in place of Eddie Barrett, who suffered a serious knee injury in the drawn game.

The replay takes place at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday, throw-in 3.30pm, after the sides drew 1-21 apiece on 25 May.

Waterford (SH v Cork): S O'Keeffe; T de Burca, L Lawlor, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, S Fives; S O’Sullivan, K Moran; C Dunford, J Dillon, P Mahony; S Walsh, B O'Sullivan, A Gleeson.

Waterford’s football team has also been announced for the Munster championship clash with Clare in Ennis on Saturday evening, throw-in 7pm.

Waterford (SF v Clare): S Enright, D Crowley, T O’Gorman, M O’Gorman, C Phelan, S Briggs, O Keevers, S Aherne, T Prendergast, M O'Gorman, L Ó Lonáin, T Ó hUallacháin, B Wall, P Whyte, JJ Hutchinson.

Barry Gilleran has recovered from injury to take his place at full back on the Longford team for Saturday's Leinster SFC quarter-final against Wexford. 

Gilleran replaces Barry O'Farrell in the only change from the side that defeated Offaly by four points in the quarter-final.

Wexford manager Aidan O'Brien has named Shane Roche, who made his name as a forward, in goal for the Pearse Park clash.

Longford: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, F Battrim; C P Smith, E Williams, S Mulligan; J Keegan, S Doyle; M Quinn, F McGee, P Barden; M Hughes, B Kavanagh, S McCormack.

Wexford: S Roche; R Tierney, G Molloy (Capt), C Carty; M Furlong, B Malone, A Flynn; D Waters, P Byrne; M O'Regan, PJ Banville, J Holmes; C Lyng, B Brosnan, K O'Grady.