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O'Carroll And Connolly Absent From First Dublin Team Of The Championship

O'Carroll And Connolly Absent From First Dublin Team Of The Championship
By Aonghus Ó Maicín
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After months of speculation Jim Gavin has named his first Dublin side of the summer, with neither Rory O'Carroll or Diarmuid Connolly named in the starting XV.

O'Carroll is back in Dublin, having emigrated to New Zealand after Dublin won the 2015 All-Ireland final, the first of the county's current four-in-a-row run; and now, the full-back is back training with the squad.

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Connolly, on the other hand, missed out on last year's All-Ireland success after mysteriously leaving the panel and has since been the subject of intense speculation. It was rumoured that he may be in Gavin's clandestine plans, though the Dublin manager has remained coy on the subject.

Likewise, there is no place for former All-Star winners Dean Rock or Philly McMahon in the line-up.

Dublin XV to play Louth:

  1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)
  2. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)
  3. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
  4. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf)
  5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
  6. Cian O'Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
  7. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)
  8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
  9. Darren Gavin (Lucan Sarsfields)
  10. Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille)
  11. Brian Howard (Raheny)
  12. Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock)
  13. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)
  14. Con O'Callaghan (Cuala)
  15. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge Street)

The All-Ireland champions get their title defence underway this evening at 7pm in the Leinster SFC quarter-final.

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