Weitering could lead slice of AFL history

Carlton’s No.1 draft pick Jacob Weitering could lead some AFL history when he debuts in the season-opening match against Richmond at the MCG.

Weitering and Richmond’s first-round selection Daniel Rioli are the first-gamers in the Easter Thursday blockbuster.

It is understood that if all top-five picks from last November debut in round one, this will be an AFL first in the draft’s 30-year history.

Josh Schache (Brisbane), Callum Mills (Sydney), Clayton Oliver (Melbourne) and Darcy Parish (Essendon) are either confirmed selections over the Easter long weekend or are in strong contention.

Weitering and Rioli headed plenty of selection news around the Richmond-Carlton clash.

As expected, the Tigers lost vice-captain Brett Deledio (quad), No.1 ruckman Ivan Maric (back) and fellow front-liner Shaun Grigg (thumb) to injury.

Former GWS player Jacob Townsend is the other new Richmond player as they try to develop more midfield muscle around captain Trent Cotchin.

An interesting non-selection is key defender Troy Chaplin, who was named as an emergency.

With Maric sidelined, Shaun Hampson will be their main ruckman.

The Tigers picked Shane Edwards, despite his shoulder injury during the pre-season.

Weitering is among five newcomers for Carlton, who have had a much-publicised reset under new coach Brendon Bolton.

Former Adelaide pair Sam Kerridge and Matthew Wright and GWS recruits Andrew Phillips and Jed Lamb will also come into the team.

Captain Marc Murphy is back after off-season shoulder surgery meant he did not play in any NAB Challenge games.

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