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.


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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?

As is now tradition, Richmond will open the season against Carlton on Thursday night. The game commences at 7:25pm AEDT at the MCG on Thursday 18 March. The complete AFL draw is here.

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
Round 6 Friday, 23 April Melbourne vs Richmond MCG, VIC 8:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 8 Saturday, 8 May Richmond vs Geelong Cats MCG, VIC 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 9 Saturday, 15 May Richmond vs GWS Giants Marvel Stadium, VIC 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 10 Friday, 21 May Brisbane Lions vs Richmond Gabba, QLD 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 11 Saturday, 29 May Richmond vs Adelaide Crows MCG, VIC 1:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 12 Saturday, 5 June Essendon vs Richmond MCG, VIC 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 14 Saturday, 19 June West Coast Eagles vs Richmond Optus Stadium, WA TBA Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 15 Saturday, 26 June Richmond vs St Kilda MCG, VIC TBA Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 16 Saturday, 3 July Gold Coast Suns vs Richmond Metricon Stadium, QLD TBA Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 17 Saturday, 10 July Richmond vs Collingwood MCG, VIC TBA Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 18 Saturday, 17 July Richmond vs Brisbane Lions MCG, VIC TBA Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 19 Saturday, 24 July Geelong Cats vs Richmond MCG, VIC TBA Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 20 Saturday, 31 July Fremantle vs Richmond Optus Stadium, WA TBA Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 21 Saturday, 7 August Richmond vs North Melbourne MCG, VIC TBA Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 22 Saturday, 14 August GWS Giants vs Richmond GIANTS Stadium, NSW TBA Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 23 Saturday, 21 August Richmond vs Hawthorn MCG, VIC TBA Kayo Sports, Foxtel

Richmond Tigers squad

Player Number Name Position Career Games
39 Jake Aarts Forward 0
12 David Astbury Defender 129
7 Liam Baker Defender, Forward 22
21 Noah Balta Forward, Ruck 13
29 Shai Bolton Forward 28
35 Nathan Broad Defender 54
22 Josh Caddy Midfield, Forward 157
11 Jason Castagna Forward 76
41 Mabior Chol Forward, Ruck 10
40 Callum Coleman-Jones Forward, Ruck 1
26 Riley Collier-Dawkins Midfield 0
9 Trent Cotchin Midfield 234
38 Noah Cumberland Forward, Midfield 0
27 Thomson Dow Midfield 0
10 Shane Edwards Defender, Midfield 255
43 Derek Eggmolesse-Smith Defender 2
32 Luke English Forward, Midfield 0
42 Ryan Garthwaite Defender 9
34 Jack Graham Midfield 39
2 Dylan Grimes Defender 151
13 Jack Higgins Forward 33
14 Bachar Houli Defender 207
23 Kane Lambert Forward 95
19 Tom Lynch Forward 156
31 Oleg Markov Midfield 17
4 Dustin Martin Forward, Midfield 224
36 Will Martyn Midfield 0
33 Kamdyn Mcintosh Midfield 90
46 Ben Miller Defender 0
6 Patrick Naish Midfield 2
25 Toby Nankervis Ruck 71
47 Bigoa Nyuon Defender, Ruck 0
50 Marlion Pickett Midfield 1
3 Dion Prestia Midfield 155
45 Hugo Ralphsmith Forward, Midfield 0
8 Jack Riewoldt Forward 262
17 Daniel Rioli Forward 77
5 Jack Ross Midfield 7
15 Jayden Short Defender 71
20 Ivan Soldo Ruck 22
44 Sydney Stack Defender 17
28 Fraser Turner Midfield 0
1 Nick Vlastuin Defender 141

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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