While the footballers enjoy a three-week sabbatical from NFL Div 2 action there is no such rest for Mickey Burke as he has been named on the Meath hurling team to take on Mayo in their crunch NHL Div 2B clash at Trim on Sunday.
After making his first appearance of the year for the hurlers as a half-time substitute against Wicklow in Arklow last Sunday in place of Willie McGrath, Burke makes the starting 15 for this weekend's must-win game against the Connacht side.
Burke is one of four changes from the side that slumped to that shock 0-8 to 1-15 loss to Wicklow as manager Cillian Farrell also makes a number of positional switches.
Conor O'Shea and Shane Brennan come into the full-back line with Burke at centreback, while Ciaran Fitzsimons is named at wing forward.
Cormac Reilly, Neil McLoughlin, Darren Reilly and Gary Kelly lose out, with James Toher moving from centre-back to centre forward.
Meath - Shane McGann; Conor O'Shea, Shane Brennan, David Donoghue; Peter Farrell, Mickey Burke, Shane Whitty; Sean Heavey, Stephen Morris, Ciaran Fitzsimons, James Toher, Willie McGrath; Derek Doran, Peter Durnin, Adam Gannon.
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