Debutant Riley Collier-Dawkins has been named as Richmond’s sole inclusion for tomorrow night’s game against the undefeated Western Bulldogs.

The 189cm inside midfielder will be joined in the starting line-up by fellow 2018 draft selection Jack Ross who has been included in the team after being injected into the game as the medical substitute last week.

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Dustin Martin (concussion) and Kane Lambert (calf) will make way for the young duo, with the pair to miss Friday night's clash through injury.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Richmond senior coach Damien Hardwick said Collier-Dawkins had earned his debut.

"We always knew when we drafted him that it was going to be a bit of a slow burn, and he's had to work on some things in his game," Hardwick said.

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"He's incredible around the ball, (but) he has had to work on his off-ball positioning and understanding how to go about getting that off-ball offensively.

"He has worked incredibly hard on that, and we've started to see some real dividends this year, and even at the back end of last year.

"We are really excited to see what he can offer."

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Patrick Naish, who was a strong performer for Richmond at VFL level last week, has been named an emergency along with Will Martyn, Callum Coleman-Jones, and the yet-to-debut Maurice Rioli Junior.

Richmond will confirm which player steps into the 23 to serve as the medical substitute 60 minutes before tomorrow’s game.

The clash will be broadcast live on Channel 7, FOX FOOTY, and Kayo, with the opening bounce at 7.50pm.

Richmond team v Western Bulldogs, Friday, April 30, 7.50pm AEST, MCG
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Backs

David Astbury

12

Noah Balta

21

Dylan Grimes

2

Half-Backs

Nathan Broad

35

Rhyan Mansell

31

Jayden Short

15

Centreline

Kamdyn McIntosh

33

Trent Cotchin

9

Marlion Pickett

50

Half-Forwards

Daniel Rioli

17

Shane Edwards

10

Jake Aarts

16

Forwards

Tom Lynch

19

Shai Bolton

29

Jack Riewoldt

8

Followers

Toby Nankervis

25

Jack Ross

5

Jack Graham

34

Interchange From:

Bachar Houli

14

Riley Collier-Dawkins

26

Jason Castagna

11

 

Liam Baker

7

 

 

 

 

Emergencies

Patrick Naish

6

Maurice Rioli Jr

49

Callum Coleman-Jones

40

 

Will Martyn

36

 

 

 

 

In: Riley Collier-Dawkins
Out: Dustin Martin (concussion), Kane Lambert (calf)

New: Riley Collier-Dawkins (Waverley Blues (Vic)/Salesian College (Vic)/Oakleigh U18) 

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