Debutant ruck-forward Samson Ryan will line up alongside fellow inexperienced talls Mabior Chol and Callum Coleman-Jones in tonight's game against St Kilda, in what coach Damien Hardwick sees as a glimpse of the Tigers' future.

A 20-year-old Queenslander, the 206cm Ryan was Richmond's first pick (No.40 overall) at last year's NAB AFL Draft.

"We thought he was a project player but his ability and drive to learn has been really important," Hardwick said.

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Samson delivers good news to family

Samson Ryan calls his family to let them know that he will be making his debut.

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"His game at VFL level last weekend was very, very good.

"He's tough in the contest for a guy of his size, he uses the ball at ground level very well, so we're really excited about what he's going to bring."

Hardwick acknowledged St Kilda presents a different challenge with Rowan Marshall back from injury this week to rekindle his ruck partnership with veteran Paddy Ryder against Chol and Ryan.

Both Saints ruckmen were unavailable when Richmond defeated Brett Ratten's side by 86 points in round five.

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Hardwick previews St Kilda

Damien Hardwick addresses the media ahead of the Round 15 match against St Kilda.

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St Kilda lost a semi-final to the Tigers last season and has come under fire after slipping out of finals contention this year with four losses in its past five outings.

"They've been bashed around a little bit in the media but we know they, at their best, can be very damaging," Hardwick said.

"We've got to be aware of how that looks.

"They've changed the way they play a little bit from last time we met them; they move the ball a little bit more round-the-world type of movement.

"But we know they're a dangerous side when they're firing on all cylinders."

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