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Tigers haven't given up on Yarran: Balme

Richmond has not given up hope that Chris Yarran will recover to complete a full pre-season, and will give him that opportunity before considering his list position for 2017.

12:08pm  Oct 28, 2016

Xavier Clarke joins Richmond

Richmond has finalised its coaching panel with current NT Thunder senior coach and former St Kilda and Brisbane Lions utility, Xavier Clarke joining the ranks as a development coach.

2:01pm  Oct 27, 2016

Analysis of the Tigers’ 2017 fixture

We’ve dissected Richmond’s 2017 fixture to provide you with the most comprehensive summary imaginable of what’s in store for the Tigers next season.

10:12am  Oct 27, 2016

Tigers' defence housing strong foundation  January 29, 2016 12:08 PM

Line update: Backs Defensive coach, Ben Rutten provides an update on the Tiger's back line.
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Nick Vlastuin was one of four Richmond defenders to play every game last year

With the third-fewest points conceded in the competition during the home and away season – only less than a point per game more than eventual premier Hawthorn - and the club’s lowest average points against tally since 1967, plenty went right for Richmond’s defence in 2015.

Speaking to Roar Vision on Thursday, defenders coach Ben Rutten said while he was pleased with the defensive effort last year, this pre-season has been all about trying to stick to those principles on a more regular basis.

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“It’s just about our consistency,” Rutten said about the defensive approach this pre-season.

“(Defence) is a foundation of the way we play and we’re not necessarily adding anything too much new to the way we play, it’s just about getting guys to be able to do it for longer and hopefully get some of our younger guys to be able to put some pressure on some of our senior players.”

With David Astbury, Steve Morris and Todd Elton all getting some game time in defence last season, and the off-season arrivals of Nathan Broad and Chris Yarran, Rutten believes that competition for spots in the back half this year will be another vital element of the team improving.

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“We’ve had a really strong pre-season from a big group of our defenders, so there’s definitely some pressure on,” he said.

“We’ve got some experienced guys back there, but we’re going to pick guys who are playing well and in form and play the way we want to play.”