Richmond has made two changes to its line-up for Saturday night’s highly anticipated Dreamtime in Perth fixture against Essendon.

The Tigers have named Shane Edwards and Marlion Pickett for the crucial clash that will decide which of the two sides go to their mid-season bye inside the competition’s top eight.

Triple premiership star Edwards has made a timely recovery from an ankle injury for the showpiece fixture and will pull on the jumper he co-designed with his teammate of 16 seasons, Jack Riewoldt.

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Team selection: Dreamtime in Perth

View the team for Dreamtime in Perth against Essendon.

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Having served a one-match suspension, Pickett who averages 16 disposals per game this year, will also return to the Richmond line-up.

The blockbuster will hold extra significance for Pickett and exciting youngster Shai Bolton, with the Indigenous pair set to experience a Dreamtime game in their home state of Western Australia.

Speaking to the media this week, senior coach Damien Hardwick added that Dreamtime was special for the entire football club.

“The significance of the event is really important,” he said.

“The Indigenous culture, not only from an Australian point of view but from our Club’s. It is a big foundation block of what Richmond is about.

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Hardwick previews Essendon

Damien Hardwick addresses the media in Sydney ahead of the Dreamtime match in the West.

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“The significance of our Club is built off the back of that, (and) we are really privileged and honoured to play the game, and we hope that it is a big event.

“Perth has sold it out, which is outstanding.”

Coming out of last week’s team are Daniel Rioli (unused medi-sub), Toby Nankervis (knee), and Hugo Ralphsmith (omitted).

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'Something I'll remember forever' - Edwards

Shane Edwards talks about discovering his heritage, designing his own Dreamtime jumper and Richmond's developing commitment to indigenous culture ahead of Dreamtime in Perth.

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Ralphsmith, Rioli and untried talls Samson Ryan and Ben Miller have been named emergencies, with one of the four to be elevated to the medical sub 60 minutes before the opening bounce.

Saturday’s night game will be broadcast live on Channel 7 from 7pm AEST.

Richmond team v Essendon, Saturday, June 5, 5:40pm AWST / 7:40pm AEST, Optus Stadium
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Backs

Nick Vlastuin

1

Noah Balta

21

Dylan Grimes

2

Half-Backs

Bachar Houli

14

Nathan Broad

35

Jayden Short

15

Centreline

Kamdyn McIntosh

33

Trent Cotchin

9

Josh Caddy

22

Half-Forwards

Jake Aarts

16

Shane Edwards

10

Jack Graham

34

Forwards

Callum Coleman-Jones

40

Dustin Martin

4

Jack Riewoldt

8

Followers

Mabior Chol

41

Shai Bolton

29

Dion Prestia

3

Interchange From:

Liam Baker

7

Marlion Pickett

50

Riley Collier-Dawkins

26

 

Jason Castagna

11

 

 

 

 

Emergencies

Ben Miller

46

Daniel Rioli

17

Hugo Ralphsmith

45

 

Samson Ryan

32

 

 

 

 

In: Shane Edwards, Marlion Pickett
Out: Toby Nankervis (knee), Hugo Ralphsmith (omitted), Daniel Rioli (medical sub)

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