Richmond has received a significant boost with the return of four premiership players for Saturday’s match against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.
Dion Prestia, Bachar Houli, Jack Graham and Nathan Broad have been included in the Tigers’ line-up after recovering from their respective injuries.
Prestia (cracked rib) and Broad (calf soreness) missed last Friday night’s victory over Geelong.
Houli has been sidelined for eight senior games all-up this season because of a groin complaint, but he played the first half at VFL level last Saturday against Geelong and moved smoothly during that time.
Graham hasn’t played since dislocating his shoulder in the Round 16 win against Adelaide at the MCG.
There is one other change to Richmond’s team for the Round 21 encounter, with young ruckman Ivan Soldo coming in for his first senior game since Round 21, last year, against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium.
The five Tiger outs are Toby Nankervis, who has a corked quad, while Jacob Townsend, Sam Lloyd, Connor Menadue and Liam Baker have all been omitted.
Richmond’s four emergencies are Lloyd, Menadue, Townsend and Ryan Garthwaite.