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VFL: Two Tigers to debut

Richmond VFL has named two debutants for this Saturday’s Round 8 match against Coburg at the Swinburne Centre.

Joel Ernest, 22, and Billy Coates, 24, will make their debuts for the ladder leading VFL Tigers.

Ernest is a quick and agile defender who can also swing forward and hit the scoreboard, while Coates is a key defender who is strong in the contest.

Richmond VFL will also be bolstered by the addition of Sam Lloyd and Jacob Townsend, who both return from AFL duties.

Tigers’ forward Daniel Rioli has also been named to play his second match after returning from an ankle injury.

Saturday’s game kicks off at the Swinburne Centre at 10:45am. Entry is free for Richmond members.

A live stream of the match will be available on

Richmond VFL Round 8 squad
B: Coates, Garthwaite, Morris
HB: Fletcher, Markov, B. Ellis
C: Naish, Miles, Silvestro
HF: Stengle, Baker, Rioli
F: Townsend, Chol, Coleman-Jones
R: Soldo, Lloyd, C. Ellis
I/C: Balta, Ballard, Tanner, Mannagh, Ernest, Grewar, Miller, Wood, Bathie

Billy Coates

Joel Ernest