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Premiership pair to boost Tigers

Team Selection: Round 15 View the team for Richmond's Round 15 match against the Sydney Swans.

Richmond has regained the services of two premiership players for Thursday night’s blockbuster clash with Sydney at Etihad Stadium.

Key midfielder Dion Prestia and reliable tall defender David Astbury return to the line-up after being sidelined with injury.

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Prestia has been out of action with a calf complaint since the Tigers’ Round 7 victory over Fremantle at the MCG, but Richmond coach Damien Hardwick is confident he’ll be ready to go against the Swans.

“He's had a really good, solid training block . . . He's such a vital player to the way we play and we can't wait to have him back,” Hardwick said.

Astbury has fully recovered from the minor ankle injury that forced him to miss the team’s Round 13 win against Geelong.

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Prestia and Astbury replace Kamdyn McIntosh and Ryan Garthwaite, who have both been omitted.

The Tigers’ four emergencies for tomorrow night’s match against Sydney are McIntosh, Ivan Soldo, Corey Ellis and Callum Moore.