RICHMOND skipper Trent Cotchin is back for Sunday's Etihad Stadium clash with the resurgent North Melbourne and the big question is whether he will have ace tagger Ben Jacobs for company.

Cotchin missed last week's thrashing of Fremantle with a minor knee/calf complaint but will take his place this week.

Jacobs is one of the best stoppers in the competition and will likely run with Cotchin or Dustin Martin.

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This is the biggest test for the year for the Kangas (4-3), who are coming off a superb two-point win over Sydney at the SCG last week, while the Tigers (6-1) are away from the MCG for just the second time this year.

Both teams go into the match with no late changes. North's starting interchanges will be Majak Daw, Jy Simpkin, Shaun Atley and Billy Hartung, while Shane Edwards, Jayden Short, Sam Lloyd and Jack Higgins are on the bench for the Tigers.

North Melbourne v Richmond at Etihad Stadium, 1.10pm AEST



North Melbourne: Majak Daw, Jy Simpkin, Shaun Atley, Billy Hartung

Richmond: Shane Edwards, Jayden Short, Sam Lloyd, Jack Higgins