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Tigers away for season opener

Richmond will face traditional rival Carlton in the opening match of the 2017 home and away season.

11:16am  Oct 24, 2016

Richmond's 'special place in my heart': Lids

Dual Jack Dyer Medallist Brett Deledio has bid farewell to Richmond, declaring the club "will always hold a special place in my heart".

10:08am  Oct 24, 2016

Dion’s Yellow and Black delight

Prized Richmond trade acquisition Dion Prestia caught up with ‘Roar Vision’ to discuss his transition from the Gold Coast to Punt Road.

10:03am  Oct 23, 2016

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An uncompromising and hard-nosed defender, Hardwick played 153 games with Essendon, including the 2000 premiership, before crossing to Port Adelaide at the end of 2001. He played a further 54 games with the Power, the last of which was the 2004 premiership.

He won the Bombers’ Best and Fairest in 1998 and was named All-Australian in 2000. He represented Australia in the International Rules series in 2000 and 2001.

Hardwick started his assistant coaching career with Hawthorn in 2005 and played a significant role in the club’s premiership success.  He was the Hawks’ forward coach from 2005-07, and was in charge of their midfield for two seasons.

Hardwick has steered Richmond to the finals for three consecutive seasons, in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
BEN RUTTEN Assistant Coach
The 2005 All-Australian defender retired at the end of the 2014 season after 229 games with Adelaide.  

He has a wealth of defensive intelligence after 12-year career, and coaching knowledge after spending his latter seasons working with the Crows' backline coach Darren Milburn.
Assistant Coach

Blake Caracella, 39, joins the Tigers’ coaching panel following a successful seven-season stint as an assistant coach at Geelong, including the Cats’ 2011 premiership campaign.

Previous to that, Caracella spent three years as a member of Collingwood’s coaching panel.

Caracella worked under Richmond’s new General Manager – Football, Neil Balme, for five years at Geelong and was a teammate of the Tigers’ senior coach Damien Hardwick in Essendon’s 2000 premiership side.

Assistant Coach

Richmond welcomes Justin Leppitsch back to Tigerland in an assistant coaching role in 2017.
The triple Brisbane premiership player returns to Richmond, following three seasons as senior coach of the Brisbane Lions.  
Prior to his senior coaching role, Leppitsch, 41, served as an assistant coach at Richmond for four seasons from 2009-13, alongside senior coach, Damien Hardwick.


McRae, a triple premiership player at Brisbane, returns to Tigerland where he worked as a development coach from 2007-09.

After leaving Richmond, he had one year back with the Lions as a development coach, before joining Collingwood as development manager.

He enhanced his reputation for cultivating young football talent throughout a five-year stint with the Magpies, winning the AFL Coaches Association’s inaugural Development Coach of the Year Award in 2014.


ANDREW MCQUALTER   Development Coach

McQualter arrived at Tigerland at the end of 2013 as a development coach, after a 94-game career with St Kilda and Gold Coast.

He played in three Grand Finals for the Saints (including the 2010 GF replay against Collingwood) in an 89-game career with them, before adding a further five games at the Suns.

McQualter played a coaching and playing role with Richmond’s VFL team in 2014 and 2015.


RYAN FERGUSON  Development Coach
Ferguson became Richmond's VFL defenders coach in 2015, after a five-year AFL career with Melbourne.  

He played 47 games for the Demons, before switching to SANFL club West Adelaide, where he played six seasons (five as captain), and won three Best and Fairests.

He became a full time development coach for the 2016 season.