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Published: 10:01 | 1/9/16

Corbett wants O'Dwyer held back


Lar Corbett has advised the Tipperary selectors to hold John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer in reserve for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC final showdown with Kilkenny.

Having missed the All-Ireland quarter-final win over Waterford through suspension, O'Dwyer had to made do with a place on the bench for last month's semi-final defeat of Galway but he made a big impact when he was introduced in the 45th minute.

There have been calls for him to be named in the starting fifteen for Sunday's final, but Corbett believes he would make a bigger impact if he were introduced from the bench.

"I wouldn't start Bubbles. You need someone like Bubbles when the game goes into the melting pot just after half-time," Corbett is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun at the launch of the eir Sport Sports Book of the Year 2016.

"When he came on the last time against Galway we all knew something magic was going to happen, and we believed ourselves it was going to happen.

"When he came on it created a bit of magic and you need that bit of magic in all All-Ireland final. He is capable of doing that."

Corbett believes O'Dwyer is the 'trump card' Tipperary can play when the time is right and believes he can be a 'gamechanger'.

"I can picture him as the gamechanger and I'd hate to use my gamechanger before the game starts," Corbett explained.

"He has to buy into that but we all know that he's definitely good enough to start. The whole country knows. It is was me, it's about how the system is explained to him, how important he is.

"If he wasn't actually as good as we're talking about then he would start, but he's actually that trump card that you need and he has to believe in it."

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