Eight out, eight in: Richmonds flag side set for radical overhaul – AFL

FOR ANY other side, the task facing Richmond this week would be daunting.

Common of the ruling premiers unrivaled thirst for a difficulty, Damien Hardwick described the test presented towards the Tigers as “amazing” on Sunday night.

As Richmond prepares to head interstate on Monday for the next 5 weeks as a result of the international COVID-19 pandemic, the Tigers might do so without eight premiership stars.

Injuries, individual reasons and trade relocations conducted last year could see the group lose more than a 3rd of that 2019 Grand Final side– all in the space of simply 6 games.

Here is how the new-look Richmond could line up versus Sydney next Sunday.


B: Nick Vlastuin, Dylan Grimes, Nathan BroadHB: Jayden Short, Noah Balta, Liam BakerC: Kamdyn McIntosh, Jack Ross, Josh CaddyHF: Jake Aarts, Jack Riewoldt, Daniel RioliF: Jason Castagna, Dustin Martin, Jack HigginsFOLL: Ivan Soldo, Jack Graham, Kane LambertI/C: Marlion Pickett, Shai Bolton, Thomson Dow, Mabior Chol.


The only opportunity this list is minimized is whether Tom Lynch is able to play through the discomfort barrier, having finished Sundays match with a damaged finger. The essential forward was one of a number of casualties originating from that triumph over Melbourne. Both Toby Nankervis and Dion Prestia sustained syndesmosis injuries and will not play this week, while captain Trent Cotchin harmed his hamstring and will likewise be not available. David Astbury will miss the next month having actually currently undergone knee surgical treatment, while Brandon Ellis left the club for Gold Coast during last years Telstra AFL Trade Period. Bachar Houli and Shane Edwards are expected to stay in Victoria and not travel to the hub due to household reasons..

B: Nathan Broad, David Astbury, Dylan GrimesHB: Bachar Houli, Nick Vlastuin, Jayden ShortC: Brandon Ellis, Dion Prestia, Josh CaddyHF: Daniel Rioli, Jack Riewoldt, Trent CotchinF: Jason Castagna, Tom Lynch, Kane LambertFOLL: Toby Nankervis, Shane Edwards, Dustin MartinI/C: Shai Bolton, Ivan Soldo, Liam Baker, Marlion Pickett

Richmond has been strongly impressed by the advancement of first-round draft choice Thomson Dow, who looks a little ahead of Riley Collier-Dawkins and is pushing for a senior launching. Noah Balta was among the best on Sunday, changing Astbury in the backline. Jack Ross and Jack Graham will offer the midfield some grunt in the lack of Cotchin and Edwards, while Jack Higgins will keep his place after a number of strong weeks in the forward line. Jake Aarts delighted in an actually excellent launching versus Melbourne, doing sufficient to keep his spot, while Mabior Chols flexibility will give some assistance for Soldo in the ruck. Kamdyn McIntosh has actually done enough to keep his place on a wing.

IN: Noah Balta, Kamdyn McIntosh, Jack Ross, Jake Aarts, Jack Higgins, Thomson Dow, Mabior Chol, Jack Graham.

OUT: David Astbury (knee), Bachar Houli (individual), Brandon Ellis (trade), Dion Prestia (syndesmosis), Trent Cotchin (hamstring), Tom Lynch (damaged finger), Toby Nankervis (syndesmosis), Shane Edwards (personal).

The essential forward was one of a number of casualties stemming from that victory over Melbourne.