2021 AFL preview: Richmond Tigers team guide
Can the Tigers put aside the distractions of a rocky pre-season in the defence of their premiership?
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Coach Damien Hardwick's off-season marriage breakdown has been the talk of Melbourne in the lead-up to the premiers' season opener against Carlton at the MCG on 18 March. It remains to be seen whether the issue will derail their premiership campaign but the Tigers have shown themselves to be extremely resilient over the past four years.
Obviously the form of Dustin Martin will be crucial for the Tigers. The star forward almost single-handedly dragged his team over the line in the 2020 grand final against Geelong. Having already won a record three Norm Smith Medals, heaven help his rivals if he can raise the bar again this year.
And who knows? With Trent Cotchin saying this could be his final year as Richmond captain, maybe Martin is the man to lead the team in 2022. For now the Tigers can focus on chasing a remarkable fourth flag from the past five years.
How to watch Richmond Tigers AFL matches
Your viewing options for AFL games in 2021 are free-to-air on Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and the AFL Live Pass. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which breaks down all the details.
Channel 7 only shows between three and five matches per round depending on the region. So for round one in Melbourne, if you want to watch Geelong, the Demons or North Melbourne's clash with Port Adelaide, for example, you need a subscription.
Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports have every game of the home and away season live and of those, Kayo is the most affordable. A Basic subscription starts from $25 a month for use on two devices. For $35 a month you get a Premium subscription and the option of a third screen.
On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 other sports on Kayo. It also has a 14-day free trial for new users and comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.
Watch Richmond Tigers matches overseas
If you are out of Australia during the season, you can still catch the AFL action. The Watch AFL app allows you to stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas.
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When do Richmond Tigers play next?
|Round||Date||Match||Stadium||Kick-off||How to watch|
|Round 1||Thursday, 18 March||Richmond vs Carlton||MCG, VIC||7:25 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 2||Sunday, 28 March||Hawthorn vs Richmond||MCG, VIC||1:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 3||Saturday, 3 April||Richmond vs Sydney Swans||MCG, VIC||1:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 4||Friday, 9 April||Port Adelaide vs Richmond||Adelaide Oval, SA||8:50 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 5||Thursday, 15 April||St Kilda vs Richmond||Marvel Stadium, VIC||8:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
Richmond Tigers squad
|Player Number||Name||Position||Career Games|
|7||Liam Baker||Defender, Forward||22|
|21||Noah Balta||Forward, Ruck||13|
|22||Josh Caddy||Midfield, Forward||157|
|41||Mabior Chol||Forward, Ruck||10|
|40||Callum Coleman-Jones||Forward, Ruck||1|
|38||Noah Cumberland||Forward, Midfield||0|
|10||Shane Edwards||Defender, Midfield||255|
|32||Luke English||Forward, Midfield||0|
|4||Dustin Martin||Forward, Midfield||224|
|47||Bigoa Nyuon||Defender, Ruck||0|
|45||Hugo Ralphsmith||Forward, Midfield||0|
Richmond Tigers history
A giant of Australian rules football right from the 1920s through to the late 1970s, Richmond struggled mightily after their 10th flag was secured in 1980.
Their fanbase gradually dwindled as a succession of poor management decisions left the once-proud club struggling to even contend for finals football.
But the decision to stick with coach Damien Hardwick during some lean years has paid enormous dividends with their three premierships in the past four years. Their premiership window also appears ajar for some time yet.
Image source: Richmond Tigers team website
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