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Richmond draft Balta

Richmond has used its third selection, No. 25 overall, in the 2017 National Draft to recruit athletic key-position player Noah Balta.

7:50pm  Nov 24, 2017

Tigers select Coleman-Jones

Richmond has used its second selection, No. 20 overall, in the 2017 National Draft to recruit ruckman/key forward Callum Coleman-Jones.

7:46pm  Nov 24, 2017

Higgins lands at Tigerland

Richmond has used its first selection, No. 17 overall, in the 2017 National Draft to recruit Oakleigh small forward/midfielder Jack Higgins.

7:35pm  Nov 24, 2017

Big deployment of Tiger troops

Tony Greenberg, richmondfc.com.au  November 9, 2017 10:01 AM

AFL 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final - Adelaide v  Richmond

Richmond line up for the national anthem ahead of the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Richmond used more players in its senior side during the 2017 season than all bar one premiership team since the start of the AFL competition back in 1990.

The Tigers had 38 players represent them on the field of battle this year which was just one less than the Western Bulldogs’ 39 in their 2016 premiership season.

Adelaide, in its second successive premiership year of 1998, also utilised 38 players.

Here’s the full list of premiership teams from 1990-2017, with the number of players each of them used in their flag-winning seasons . . .

1990 – Collingwood: 32

1991 – Hawthorn: 33

1992 – West Coast: 37

1993 – Essendon: 33

1994 – West Coast: 33

1995 – Carlton: 32

1996 – North Melbourne: 35

1997 – Adelaide: 35

1998 – Adelaide: 38

1999 – North Melbourne: 34

2000 – Essendon: 31

2001 – Brisbane: 35

2002 – Brisbane: 30

2003 – Brisbane: 32

2004 – Port Adelaide: 32

2005 – Sydney: 32

2006 – West Coast: 34

2007 – Geelong: 31

2008 – Hawthorn: 31

2009 – Geelong: 33

2010 – Collingwood: 33

2011 – Geelong: 35

2012 – Sydney: 31

2013 – Hawthorn: 34

2014 – Hawthorn: 35

2015 – Hawthorn: 33

2016 – Western Bulldogs: 39

2017 – Richmond: 38

Throughout the 2017 season only Carlton (39) and Gold Coast (42) used more players than Richmond.

The AFL team who had the least number of players this year was Adelaide with 31.