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6:02am  Jul 27, 2016

Dynamo visits Tigerland

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Flea's Retro Round rap

6:00am  Jul 27, 2016

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Rich retro recollections

With Fox Footy celebrating ‘Retro Round’ this weekend, Tony Greenberg has tapped into his five decades of dedicated Yellow and Black barracking to provide an interesting snapshot of what the game at the highest level used to look like.

11:24am  Jul 27, 2016

Talking Tigers: Episode 19, 2016

Richmond’s policy in playing the youth has extended into the club’s official podcast, Talking Tigers, with the great Matthew Richardson put on the pine for a week with an upgrade from the VFL in his place.

4:42pm  Jul 26, 2016

Round 23 fixture revealed

Richmond will face the Sydney Swans at 4.35pm on Saturday August 27 after the Round 23 fixture was confirmed today.

4:10pm  Jul 26, 2016

Tigers' defence housing strong foundation

richmondfc.com.au  January 29, 2016 12:08 PM

Line update: Backs Defensive coach, Ben Rutten provides an update on the Tiger's back line.
AFL 2016 Training - Richmond 150116

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.”