Sydney will be without Justin McInerney and Harry Cunningham for Saturday’s crunch game against St Kilda, with the pair entering health and safety protocols.
Dylan Stephens and Robbie Fox have been brought into the side to replace the duo, with Lewis Taylor and Will Gould the emergencies.
Elsewhere, in the finalised Sunday squads, North Melbourne recruit Callum Coleman-Jones has once again failed to make the final cut for the side’s best 22 as the Roos take on Adelaide Crows.
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Patrick Dangerfield will be sidelined for another week, with Geelong to be without the superstar Brownlow Medallist for Sunday’s clash against Richmond.
The sense all week was Dangerfield would return from a calf injury for his first game since Round 10 – Cats coach Chris Scott on Fox Footy’s AFL 360 on Monday night indcated Dangerfield would play – but the veteran wasn’t named on the club’s team sheet on Thursday night.
“While we had been confident that Patrick would play on Saturday, the coaches and medical team had earmarked making a final call after Wednesday’s main training session and the decision has been made today to give him an opportunity to further build his football and training loads,” Geelong GM of football Simon Lloyd said.
“We have been open this season in our tailored approach to players returning from injury and will continue with this approach for the long-term benefit and preparation of the team.”
However Geelong welcomes back Jack Henry to face Richmond for his first game since reinjuring his foot in Round 5. Henry, Max Holmes and Gary Rohan all return to the Cats’ senior line-up, while Cooper Stephens and Luke Dahlhaus have been dropped and Zach Guthrie managed.
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Meanwhile, the Tigers regain Dustin Martin for the blockbuster clash, but lose Kane Lambert, Trent Cotchin and Ivan Soldo to injury.
St Kilda has regained inspirational skipper Jack Steele for Saturday’s clash with Sydney, but there are three big outs.
Bradley Hill will miss due to personal reasons, Paddy Ryder has been managed and Jack Higgins has been dropped.
Ruckman Tom Hickey returns for Sydney – a straight swap for the suspended Peter Ladhams.
The Giants have named veteran Phil Davis, star midfielder Tim Taranto and mid-season draftee Wade Derksen in their extended squad to face the Pies. Davis hasn’t played since Round 2 when he suffered a serious hamstring injury, while Taranto could play his first game since Round 9.
Collingwood has added Trey Ruscoe, Caleb Poulter, Isaac Chugg and Aiden Begg to an extended squad for its clash with the Giants, with Jordan De Goey the only out after being granted personal leave by the club.
Essendon will welcome back utility Kyle Langford for his first game since Round 1, but will be without gun No. 1 pick Andy McGrath due to injury.
Langford, who was subbed out in the early stages of his side’s Round 1 loss to Geelong, returns to the team alongside Will Snelling, while Nick Bryan comes into the side to replaced fellow ruck Andrew Phillips who’s been ‘managed’.
Brayden Ham (omitted) joins McGrath on the ‘outs’ list.
Tim Kelly and Liam Ryan headline the inclusions for West Coast, but star duo Jeremy McGovern and Dom Sheed will miss through injury.
Hawthorn has confirmed a flurry of changes for its clash against the Western Bulldogs, with mid-season draftee James Blanck, gun forward Mitch Lewis and best and fairest James Worpel among the inclusions. Kyle Hartigan (omitted), Sam Frost (injured), Chad Wingard (injured) and Will Day (HS Protocols) are among the outs.
The Bulldogs have also been made to wait a little longer to re-call forward Josh Bruce from his ACL rupture following a separate setback at training this week.
The Dogs on Thursday revealed Bruce, who hasn’t played an AFL game since August last year, was experiencing hamstring tightness, which will delay his return to the senior side
“Josh suffered some low-level hamstring tightness in the main session yesterday,” fitness boss Chris Bell told the club website.
“Having been in rehab for a long period of time, we don’t want to take any risks and he won’t play this weekend.
“We will assess Josh for the following week.”
Jordan Sweet and Hayden Crozier will face Hawthorn, with Taylor Duryea and Tim English ruled out with injury,.
North Melbourne will unleash the son of a club legend this weekend, with Jackson Archer to make his debut against the Adelaide Crows.
Archer, whose father Glenn Archer won two flags with the Kangaroos across his 311-game career and was named the club’s ‘Shinboner of the Century’, has earned his AFL debut after nine games in the VFL, including a 12-disposal performance against the Giants a fortnight ago.
The 19-year-old, who was taken as a father-son selection in last year’s draft, is one of six inclusions for the Roos, who’ve also named Tarryn Thomas, Cam Zurhaar, Ben McKay and Callum Coleman-Jones. Jason Horne-Francis will miss through suspension, while Jack Ziebell has been ruled out through injury.
Gold Coast will not only be without exciting forward Joel Jeffrey for Sunday’s clash against Port Adelaide but also for the rest of the season, with the 20-year-old having surgery on the lateral miniscus in his right knee.
Jeffrey, Connor Budarick and Wil Powell will all miss through injury.
Top-10 pick Elijah Hollands is a chance to make his long-anticipated debut, named in the extended interchange squad alongside Rory Atkins, Chris Burgess, Brayden Fiorini, Sam Day and Malcolm Rosas.
There’s mixed news at Fremantle, which will welcome forward duo Matt Taberner and Michael Frederick to face Carlton, but lose Blake Acres, Sam Switkowski and Michael Walters to injury.
Veteran Travis Boak is among six inclusions for the Power.
AFL ROUND 15 FIXTURE AND TEAMS (All times AEST)
MELBOURNE v BRISBANE LIONS
Thursday June 23, 7:20pm at the MCG
B: J.Harmes, H.Petty, S.May
HB: J.Jordon, J.Lever, C.Salem
C: A.Brayshaw, C.Petracca, E.Langdon
HF: B.Brown, B.Fritsch, T.Sparrow
F: A.Neal-Bullen, S.Weideman, C.Spargo
FOLL: L.Jackson, C.Oliver, J.Viney
I/C: T.Bedford, M.Hibberd, J.Bowey, K.Pickett
EMG: A.Tomlinson, L.Dunstan, M.Brown, J.Hunt
IN: S.May, S.Weideman, T.Bedford
OUT: M.Brown (omitted), D.Turner, M.Gawn (both injured), K.Chandler (sub)
B: J.Payne, H.Andrews, M.Adams
HB: B.Starcevich, D.Rich, N.Answerth
C: J.Berry, T.Berry, H.McCluggage
HF: C.Rayner, E.Hipwood, L.McCarthy
F: D.McStay, J.Daniher, C.Cameron
FOLL: O.McInerney, J.Lyons, L.Neale
I/C: D.Robertson, M.Robinson, K.Coleman, J.Tunstill
EMG: C.Ah Chee, J.Madden, D.Fort, R.Lester
IN: J.Payne, T.Berry, J.Tunstill
OUT: D.Gardiner, D.Zorko (both injured), D.Fort (sub), Z.Bailey (HS Protocol)
WESTERN BULLDOGS v HAWTHORN
Friday June 24, 7:00pm at Marvel Stadium
B: E.Richards, R.Gardner, T.O’Brien
HB: C.Daniel, A.Keath, B.Dale
C: B.Williams, J.Macrae, A.Scott
HF: J.Johannisen, J.Ugle-Hagan, T.Liberatore
F: M.Bontempelli, A.Naughton, C.Weightman
FOLL: J.Sweet, J.Dunkley, A.Treloar
I/C: R.West, H.Crozier, R.McComb, J.Schache
EMG: B.Khamis, D.Bedendo, L.McNeil, R.Garcia
IN: J.Sweet, H.Crozier
OUT: T.Duryea, T.English (both injured), L.McNeil (sub)
B: B.Hardwick, J.Sicily, J.Blanck
HB: C.Jiath, J.Impey, H.Morrison
C: C.Nash, T.Mitchell, L.Bramble
HF: L.Shiels, L.Breust, D.Moore
F: J.Koschitzke, M.Lewis, C.Macdonald
FOLL: N.Reeves, J.Newcombe, J.O’Meara
I/C: J.Worpel, D.Howe, J.Scrimshaw, S.Butler
EMG: J.Morris, F.Maginness, D.Grainger-Barras, J.Callow
IN: J.Blanck, J.Impey, M.Lewis, C.Macdonald, J.Worpel
OUT: J.Callow, K.Hartigan (both omitted), S.Frost, C.Wingard (both injured), J.Morris (sub), W.Day (HS Protocol)
WEST COAST EAGLES v ESSENDON
Friday June 24, 8:40pm at Optus Stadium
B: S.Hurn, T.Barrass, L.Duggan
HB: J.Jones, J.Rotham, E.Yeo
C: C.West, T.Kelly, J.Redden
HF: J.Cripps, J.Darling, W.Rioli
F: L.Ryan, J.Kennedy, J.Waterman
FOLL: B.Williams, L.Shuey, A.Gaff
I/C: B.Hough, J.Petruccelle, R.Bazzo, C.Jamieson
EMG: A.Witherden, L.Foley, G.Clark, H.Edwards
IN: J.Rotham, T.Kelly, L.Ryan
OUT: J.Nelson (omitted), J.McGovern, D.Sheed (both injured), G.Clark (sub)
B: J.Kelly, J.Laverde, J.Ridley
HB: M.Redman, D.Heppell, N.Hind
C: W.Snelling, Z.Merrett, S.Durham
HF: D.Shiel, K.Langford, M.D’Ambrosio
F: P.Wright, J.Stringer, H.Jones
FOLL: S.Draper, J.Caldwell, N.Martin
I/C: M.Guelfi, A.Perkins, B.Hobbs, N.Bryan
EMG: B.Ham, B.Zerk-Thatcher, A.Waterman, T.Cutler
IN: W.Snelling, K.Langford, N.Bryan
OUT: B.Ham (omitted), A.McGrath (injured), A.Phillips (managed), J.Stewart (sub)
CARLTON v FREMANTLE
Saturday June 25, 1:45pm at Marvel Stadium
B: A.Saad, Le.Young, B.Kemp
HB: N.Newman, L.Plowman, S.Docherty
C: J.Newnes, P.Cripps, M.Cottrell
HF: C.Durdin, C.Curnow, M.Owies
F: J.Honey, H.McKay, Z.Fisher
FOLL: T.De Koning, S.Walsh, G.Hewett
I/C: J.Boyd, J.Silvagni, L.O’Brien, M.Kennedy
EMG: W.Setterfield, J.Motlop, L.Fogarty, L.Stocker
IN: B.Kemp, J.Honey
OUT: S.Durdin, J.Martin (both injured), L.Fogarty (sub)
B: B.Walker, A.Pearce, H.Young
HB: B.Cox, L.Ryan, E.Hughes
C: J.Aish, A.Brayshaw, J.Clark
HF: L.Henry, L.Schultz, T.Colyer
F: N.Fyfe, R.Lobb, G.Logue
FOLL: S.Darcy, W.Brodie, C.Serong
I/C: M.Taberner, D.Mundy, M.Frederick, B.Banfield
EMG: M.Crowden, D.Tucker, S.Sturt, L.Meek
IN: L.Henry, M.Taberner, M.Frederick
OUT: B.Acres, S.Switkowski, M.Walters (all injured), D.Tucker (sub)
GEELONG CATS v RICHMOND
Saturday June 25, 4:35pm at the MCG
B: T.Stewart, S.De Koning, T.Atkins
HB: J.Bews, M.Blicavs, J.Kolodjashnij
C: M.Duncan, C.Guthrie, I.Smith
HF: Z.Tuohy, J.Cameron, G.Miers
F: B.Close, T.Hawkins, T.Stengle
FOLL: R.Stanley, J.Selwood, M.Holmes
I/C: J.Henry, M.O’Connor, S.Menegola, G.Rohan
EMG: C.Stephens, Z.Guthrie, L.Dahlhaus, S.Neale
IN: M.Holmes, J.Henry, G.Rohan
OUT: C.Stephens, L.Dahlhaus (both omitted), Z.Guthrie (managed), F.Evans (sub)
B: D.Grimes, R.Tarrant, N.Broad
HB: L.Baker, N.Vlastuin, D.Rioli
C: M.Pickett, J.Short, K.McIntosh
HF: M.Rioli, J.Clarke, S.Bolton
F: J.Riewoldt, D.Martin, T.Lynch
FOLL: T.Nankervis, D.Prestia, J.Ross
I/C: J.Gibcus, S.Edwards, J.Graham, I.Soldo
EMG: B.Miller, H.Ralphsmith, T.Dow, J.Aarts
IN: D.Martin, J.Ross, I.Soldo
OUT: H.Ralphsmith (omitted), K.Lambert, T.Cotchin, N.Balta (all injured)
SYDNEY SWANS v ST KILDA
Saturday June 25, 7:25pm at the SCG
B: D.Rampe, T.McCartin, P.McCartin
HB: R.Fox, D.Stephens, J.Lloyd
C: O.Florent, L.Parker, N.Blakey
HF: W.Hayward, E.Gulden, S.Reid
F: I.Heeney, L.Franklin, T.Papley
FOLL: T.Hickey, C.Mills, C.Warner
I/C: R.Clarke, B.Campbell, L.McDonald, J.Rowbottom
EMG: H.McLean, W.Gould, S.Wicks, L.Taylor
IN: T.Hickey, R.Clarke, D.Stephens, R.Fox
OUT: P.Ladhams (suspended), C.O’Riordan (injured), S.Wicks (omitted), H.Cunningham, Justin McInerney (both HS protocol)
B: C.Wilkie, D.Howard, J.Battle
HB: H.Clark, J.Sinclair, J.Webster
C: R.Byrnes, B.Crouch, J.Billings
HF: B.Long, T.Membrey, J.Gresham
F: D.Butler, M.King, Z.Jones
FOLL: R.Marshall, J.Steele, S.Ross
I/C: M.Windhager, B.Paton, N.Wanganeen-Milera, C.Sharman
EMG: D.Joyce, J.Lienert, M.Wood, J.Higgins
IN: J.Steele, C.Sharman
OUT: B.Hill (personal reasons), J.Higgins (omitted), P.Ryder (managed)
NORTH MELBOURNE v ADELAIDE CROWS
Sunday June 26, 1:10pm at Blundstone Arena
B: L.McDonald, A.Corr, J.Walker
HB: J.Archer, B.McKay, K.Turner
C: A.Hall, L.Davies-Uniacke, H.Greenwood
HF: T.Thomas, N.Larkey, P.Curtis
F: C.Zurhaar, T.Xerri, C.Taylor
FOLL: T.Goldstein, J.Simpkin, J.Anderson
I/C: J.Stephenson, B.Scott, A.Bonar, T.Powell
EMG: F.Perez, K.Hayden, C.Lazzaro, C.Coleman-Jones
IN: J.Archer, B.McKay, T.Thomas, C.Zurhaar, A.Bonar
OUT: La.Young (suspended), J.Horne-Francis (suspended), J.Ziebell (injured), C.Lazzaro (sub), K.Hayden, F.Perez (both omitted)
B: T.Doedee, J.Butts, P.Parnell
HB: B.Smith, N.Murray, W.Hamill
C: J.Hately, R.Laird, J.Dawson
HF: N.McHenry, D.Fogarty, J.Soligo
F: S.McAdam, T.Walker, J.Rowe
FOLL: R.O’Brien, B.Keays, S.Berry
I/C: H.Schoenberg, J.Rachele, M.Hinge, W.Milera
EMG: M.Crouch, L.Murphy, C.Jones, E.Himmelberg
IN: H.Schoenberg, M.Hinge
OUT: R.Thilthorpe (injured), M.Crouch, L.Murphy (both omitted)
COLLINGWOOD v GWS GIANTS
Sunday June 26, 3:20pm at the MCG
B: B.Maynard, D.Moore, I.Quaynor
HB: S.Pendlebury, J.Howe, I.Chugg
C: N.Murphy, J.Crisp, J.Daicos
HF: J.Elliott, B.Mihocek, B.McCreery
F: J.Ginnivan, D.Cameron, T.Adams
FOLL: M.Cox, P.Lipinski, N.Daicos
I/C: S.Sidebottom, J.Noble, O.Henry, W.Hoskin-Elliott
EMG: T.Brown, T.Ruscoe, C.Poulter, A.Begg
OUT: J.De Goey (personal reasons), T.Brown (sub)
B: C.Idun, S.Taylor, I.Cumming
HB: A.Kennedy, N.Haynes, L.Ash
C: L.Whitfield, T.Green, C.Ward
HF: S.Coniglio, H.Himmelberg, J.Riccardi
F: D.Lloyd, J.Hogan, T.Greene
FOLL: L.Keeffe, J.Kelly, X.O’Halloran
I/C: J.Wehr, T.Bruhn, P.Davis, T.Taranto
EMG: J.Brander, W.Derksen, K.Briggs, C.Brown
IN: D.Lloyd, X.O’Halloran, P.Davis, T.Taranto
OUT: Z.Sproule (omitted), B.Preuss (suspended), J.Peatling, R.Angwin (both injured), J.Brander (sub)
PORT ADELAIDE v GOLD COAST SUNS
Sunday June 26, 4:10pm at Adelaide Oval
B: R.Burton, T.Jonas, T.McKenzie
HB: R.Bonner, A.Aliir, D.Houston
C: K.Amon, W.Drew, K.Farrell
HF: J.Mead, T.Marshall, C.Rozee
F: M.Georgiades, C.Dixon, S.Powell-Pepper
FOLL: J.Finlayson, O.Wines, T.Boak
I/C: L.Jones, X.Duursma, M.Frederick, S.Motlop
EMG: S.Mayes, J.Burgoyne, T.Schofield, M.Bergman
IN: T.McKenzie, T.Boak, S.Motlop
OUT: T.Clurey, D.Byrne-Jones (both HS Protocol), Z.Butters, B.Teakle (both injured)
B: S.Lemmens, S.Collins, C.Graham
HB: O.Markov, C.Ballard, J.Farrar
C: D.Swallow, N.Anderson, B.Ellis
HF: B.Ainsworth, M.Chol, N.Holman
F: I.Rankine, L.Casboult, S.Flanders
FOLL: J.Witts, M.Rowell, T.Miller
I/C: M.Rosas, J.Bowes, C.Burgess, A.Davies
EMG: R.Atkins, S.Day, B.Fiorini, E.Hollands
IN: M.Rosas, C.Burgess
OUT: J.Jeffrey, C.Budarick, W.Powell (all injured)