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Late withdrawal gives young Roo his debut

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 7: Ryan Clarke of the Kangaroos handpasses the ball during the North Melbourne Kangaroos training session at Arden St in Melbourne, Australia on April 7, 2016. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Ryan Clarke gets his chance against the Eagles

NORTH Melbourne teenager Ryan Clarke will make his AFL debut against West Coast on Sunday after veteran Nick Dal Santo was a late withdrawal with illness.

Dal Santo was ruled out 90 minutes before the Kangaroos' critical clash with the Eagles at Domain Stadium.

Injury downs Kanga kid

Clarke, 19, has been called in for his first game at senior level. The hard-running midfielder was the Kangaroos' second pick (No.31) in the 2015 NAB AFL draft.

He was a star for Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup last year before being drafted.

Dal Santo's withdrawal makes the Kangaroos task even tougher after Daniel Wells and Jarrad Waite failed to come up for the trip west.