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Cox back to form dream duo with Naitanui

By Sam Lienert 25/02/2010 06:16:05 PM Comments (0)

All Australian regular Dean Cox will return to form a dream West Coast ruck duo with exciting youngster Nic Naitanui in Saturday night's NAB Cup quarter-final against Port Adelaide.

Cox, who sat out the tailend of the 2009 season with a groin injury, was rested from the opening round of the pre-season competition, when Naitanui shone against Essendon.

Both have been named in the squad for Saturday night's Subiaco clash, as has ex-Richmond player Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls.

But Daniel Kerr, Andrew Embley Matt Priddis and Shannon Hurn will be rested.

St Kilda have added experienced quartet Lenny Hayes, Nick Dal Santo, Jason Gram and Steven Baker to a strong squad for Saturday night's Etihad Stadium quarter-final against Sydney.

The Swans named tall forward Jesse White, in a welcome return after he injured his ankle earlier in the pre-season.

Ex-Geelong ruckman Shane Mumford and star forward Ryan O'Keefe have also been included.

Experienced Fremantle defender Chris Tarrant returns from a back injury for the Dockers' NAB Cup meeting with North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Young pair Ryan Crowley and Garrick Ibbotson have also been selected, after missing the opening round because of a club-imposed ban for a late arrival at a training session.

Geelong have named premiership heroes Paul Chapman, Matthew Scarlett, Brad Ottens and Darren Milburn to return for Saturday's practice match against Richmond in Yea.

But it will be a mostly unfamiliar side, with Gary Ablett, Joel Selwood, Joel Corey, Cameron Ling, Steve Johnson, Cameron Mooney, Harry Taylor, Andrew Mackie and Tom Hawkins all absent.

Richmond's Ben Cousins will play his first match of the pre-season, along with Troy Simmonds, Will Thursfield, Daniel Jackson and Luke McGuane.

Draftee Troy Taylor, currently facing court over an alleged assault, has also been included for what would be his first match with the club.

Essendon have named injury-prone key position player Scott Gumbleton in their squad for Saturday's practice match against Melbourne, after he missed their opening pre-season game because of back spasms.

The Bombers also welcomed back big men David Hille, Patrick Ryder and Jason Laycock, with Hille expected to play his first match since round five last season, after recovering from a serious knee injury.

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