Nick Dal Santo enters health and safety protocols, Covid-19, to miss game against Collingwood Magpies

St Kilda AFLW coach Nick Dal Santo will miss this weekend’s clash against Collingwood due to the AFL’s health and safety protocols.

It comes after the Saints dropped their season opening clash to Richmond by 38 points in Dal Santo’s first in charge.

St Kilda head of player development and strategy Paddy Hill will step in as interim coach for Saturday’s meeting with the Magpies, while VFLW senior coach and AFLW development coach Dale Robinson will also lend a hand.

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Nick Dal Santo speaks to his players during the round one clash against Richmond (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“While this isn’t ideal, I’m very fortunate to be able to do much of my role remotely, and I’ll be assisting where possible throughout the week and on game day,” Dal Santo told the Saints club website.

“We’re very fortunate to have some experienced heads in our coaching ranks who I know will be able to coach the side with ease in my absence.”

Saints AFLW head of football Tessie McManus backed in the club to handle the unique circumstances of this season.

“As with everyone at the moment, we have to remain flexible and roll with the punches,” she said.

“Nick will still be heavily involved in our program, albeit off-site for the next few days.

“I have no doubt Paddy will do an excellent job coaching the side this week.”

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