THERE are no late changes for Friday night's blockbuster preliminary between Richmond and Geelong at the MCG.

Cats coach Chris Scott had been forced into one change ahead of the significant encounter, with star forward Tom Hawkins made unavailable after he was handed a one-match suspension for striking Eagles defender Will Schofield in last week's semi-final.

Versatile tall Lachie Henderson replaces Hawkins, despite a rough period in which he's played just five senior games this season and only 12 AFL games since 2017.

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Young defender Jordan Clark (elbow), midfielder Mitch Duncan (shoulder) and small forward Gary Rohan (knee) remain sidelined from Geelong's best team.

The Tigers had named an unchanged side earlier in the week, having eased into the penultimate week of the season with victory over the Lions a fortnight ago.

Sydney Stack (ankle) remains touch-and-go for a potential Grand Final, should Richmond make it, though the seasons of Alex Rance (knee) and Jack Higgins (brain bleed) are over.

Preliminary final: Richmond v Geelong at the MCG, 7.50pm AEST


 Toby Nankervis, Shai Bolton, Jack Graham, Liam Baker
Geelong: Zach Tuohy, Brandan Parfitt, Quinton Narkle, Gryan Miers