West Coast has rushed Jack Petruccelle to Melbourne and into their 22 to face Geelong in Friday night’s semifinal after premiership star Willie Rioli was suspended for a drug test violation.
The Eagles had been poised to go unchanged for the first time since the 2018 Grand Final but had their hand forced after the bombshell news that Rioli had been accused of providing a urine substitute to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
Petruccelle’s inclusion is the only change to the team that beat Essendon by 55 points last Thursday night, with the Eagles overlooking young tall Oscar Allen for the second straight week.
Allen, who played 21 of 22 games during the home-and-away season, missed last Thursday night’s elimination final with knee soreness but was declared available earlier this week.
Petruccelle was not part of the Eagles’ travelling squad but was rushed to Melbourne after Rioli was notified of his ban on Wednesday night.
He was a star in the first half of the Eagles’ reserves WAFL loss to Claremont on Sunday before being rested after the main break in case he was required at AFL level on a five-day break.
Geelong recalled ruckman Rhys Stanley to take on Nic Naitanui and Tom Hickey after controversially omitting the mobile big man against Collingwood in the Cats’ qualifying final loss.
Cam Guthrie has also been recalled after recovering from a calf complaint, with injured pair Mitch Duncan and Gary Rohan making way.
The GWS Giants and Brisbane have each made one change for their clash on Saturday night at the Gabba.
Giants free agent Adam Tomlinson has replaced injured veteran Brett Deledio (calf), while Lions hard nut Nick Robertson replaces injured wingman Mitch Robinson (hamstring).