AFL Media take a look at how the Tigers are tracking for the JLT Community Series, with Richmond's first JLT clash this Sunday against Melbourne in Shepparton.

JLT 1: v Melbourne, Deakin Reserve, Shepparton (4.40pm AEDT, Sunday, March 3)

JLT 2: v Hawthorn, UTAS Stadium (7.10pm AEDT, Saturday, March 9)

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Players to watch

Brandon Ellis: Coming into his eighth year at the club, Ellis will be playing a new(ish) role on the wing. Has spent a little bit of time there in the past but will be a more permanent fixture instead of his customary half-back flank.

Daniel Rioli: The recruiting of Tom Lynch means alterations will have to be made to the forward line. Rioli spent time running on the ball in the intraclub, but look for him to play a bit of time further up the ground in 2019.

Riley Collier-Dawkins: The Tigers' top draftee is pushing for a senior spot, but positions are hard to come by in the star-studded midfield. Showed a few promising signs in the intraclub and the club will be keen to expose him to AFL football during the JLT Series.

What's new

It's been a fairly straightforward summer on the track from a footy perspective, but from a lighter side, Dylan Grimes is still wearing a protective facial mask (think Batman-esque) during contact work after having surgery on a broken nose in mid-January. Alex Rance may not be arriving at AFL matches on a skateboard after his AFLX efforts, but is sporting a decent beard. 

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Star recruit Tom Lynch is out of JLT as he pushes for round one on his return from a right PCL injury and surgery. Shaun Grigg is another who will miss, a structural issue with his knee is affecting his kicking. Ryan Garthwaite (Achilles soreness) and Jacob Townsend (thigh) have had interrupted summers and are unlikely to feature.

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