All-Ireland champions Dublin have named a strong team for their opening Allianz League game against Kildare this evening (7pm).

Jim Gavin’s selection contains only seven of the side that started last September’s victory over Mayo but can afford to call in former footballer of the year Bernard Brogan, Michael Fitzsimons and midfield stalwart Michael Darragh Macauley.

Kildare boss Cian O'Neill is missing injured duo Keith Cribbin and Jimmy Hyland for the tie. 

"You are testing yourself against the best team in the country, whether it is the first match or the last match, they are still the top team," O'Neill told RTÉ Sport. 

"They won't be backing down from seeing Kildare coming up the M7 and I'd like to think we won't be backing down just because we are playing the All Ireland champions."

Last year's minor sensation David Clifford will make his senior debut for Kerry in their Allianz Football League Division clash with Donegal on Sunday.

The 6'2 Fossa forward scored 4-04 in the Kingdom's All-Ireland MFC victory over Derry last September, leading to interest from the Australian Football League.

The now 19-year-old decided to remain in Ireland however, and has been fast-tracked to the senior setup by manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

He lines out at corner-forward alongside Paul Geaney and Barry John Keane.

Goalkeeper Shane Murphy will captain the team on his first start while Cormac Coffey, Sean O’Se and Micheal Burns will also make their first senior appearance.

Mayo have named 11 of the XV who started the All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin in their side to face Monaghan in Clones on Sunday.

The new additions are Eoin O'Donoghue, Michael Hall, Jason Gibbons and Evan Regan, who all started Mayo's Connacht FBD League game against Sligo last Sunday.

Mayo: David Clarke; Brendan Harrison, Ger Cafferkey, Eoin O’Donoghue; Colm Boyle, Michael Hall, Paddy Durcan; Jason Gibbons, Stephen Coen; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea (Captain), Diarmuid O’Connor; Jason Doherty, Evan Regan, Conor Loftus.

Pat Gilroy will give nine players their first league start for Dublin when they face Offaly in Division 1B at Croke Park on Saturday.

Backs Bill O’Carroll, Cian Hendricken and Cian McBride, midfielder Tomás Connolly and forwards Fergal Whitely, Ronan Smith, Alan Moore, Paul Winters and Fionn Ó Riain Broin are all in the XV.

The returning Johnny McCaffrey is in midfield but the game has come too soon for captain Liam Rushe (groin).

Tipperary hurling boss Michael Ryan has named three debutants in his team to face Clare in Division 1A on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Paul Maher in goal, left half-back Tom Fox and 2016 All-Ireland minor winner Ger Browne at right corner-forward all make their bow. 

Conor Kenny returns to the starting XV, having last played in the league in 2016.

Tipperary: Paul Maher; Alan Flynn, Tomás Hamill, Donagh Maher; Séamus Kennedy, Padraic Maher (capt) - Tom Fox, Cathal Barrett, Ronan Maher; Conor Kenny, Noel McGrath, Seán Curran; Ger Browne, Jason Forde, Patrick Maher.

The Galway hurling team for their Allianz HL Division 1B opener against Antrim at Pearse Stadium contains six of the side that featured in last September’s All-Ireland success.

Daithi Burke, Adrian Tuohy, Aidan Harte, Johnny Coen, Joseph Cooney and Conor Cooney will all start as the Tribesmen face into a second season in tier two.

In defence, Jack Grealish and Martin Dolphin have been handed starts, while Daithi Burke will be joined by his brother Ronan in midfield, with Paul Flaherty and Brian Concannon getting a first test of action in attack.

Galway: James Skehill; Ronan Burke, Daithi Burke, Jack Grealish; Adrian Tuohy, Martin Dolphin, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, Eanna Burke; Niall Burke, Joseph Cooney, Paul Flaherty; Brian Concannon, Conor Cooney, Jason Flynn.

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash is set for two games in the space of five hours for club and county on Saturday.

The two-time All Star has been selected in goals for the Rebels in their Allianz HL Division 1A opener versus Killkenny at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday night (7pm).

The 33-year-old will have already played earlier that day (2pm) Kanturk's rescheduled All-Ireland IHC semi-final against Armagh champions Middletown in Newbridge.

Cork manager John Meyler has given first league starts to Tim O'Mahony, Sean O'Donoghue and Robbie O'Flynn for the home clash with the Cats as All-Star forward Patrick Horgan misses out through suspension.

Cork team v Kilkenny: Anthony Nash; David Griffin, Eoin Cadogan, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Tim O'Mahony, Sean O'Donoghue; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper; Robbie O'Flynn, Conor Lehane, Brian Lawton; Alan Cadogan, Seamus Harnedy, Shane Kingston.

Tipperary football Liam Kearns has handed Stephen O’Brien his first competitive start with the footballers in three years for Saturday night’s Allianz League Division 2 clash with Cork.

The Premier County travel to Leeside for the first League match under lights at the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh, part of a double header which sees the Cork hurlers host Kilkenny.

O’Brien will line up in midfield after spending the last two years with the county’s hurlers. The Ballina club man was a key figure for Tipp when they claimed the 2011 All-Ireland minor title and the U-21 side that was narrowly defeated by Tyrone in the 2015 decider.

He will partner Jack Kennedy at centre-field, with Cork-based wing-back Robbie Kiely assuming captaincy duties.

Tipperary team v Cork: Evan Comerford; Shane O'Connell, Jimmy Feehan, Emmet Molone, Bill Maher, Alan Campbell , Robbie Kiely (captain); Steven O'Brien, Jack Kennedy; Josh Keane, Conor Sweeney, Brian Fox, Liam Boland, Michael Quinlivan, Liam McGrath.

Stephen Sherlock is one of six debutants in the Cork team named to face Tipperary.

The St Finbarrs forward made a big impression for the Rebels during the McGrath Cup, scoring an injury-time winning goal to help them beat Clare in the competition's final earlier this month.

Manager Ronan McCarthy has also given first league starts to goalkeeper Mark White, corner-backs Sam Ryan and Micheal McSweeney, wing-back Kevin Flahive and Daniel O'Callaghan who supports new captain Ian Maguire in midfield.

Cork team  v Tipperary: Mark White; Sam Ryan, Jamie O'Sullivan, Micheal McSweeney; Kevin Flahive, Kevin Crowley, Brian O'Driscoll; Ian Maguire, Daniel O'Callaghan; Sean White, Sean Powter, Ruairi Deane; John O'Rourke, Mark Collins, Stephen Sherlock.