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Maurice Rioli Jr, Willie Rioli and Daniel Rioli re-unite at Optus Stadium for West Coast’s clash with Richmond

It’s a family affair for the Friday night clash between West Coast and Richmond, with three Riolis playing at Optus Stadium.

Maurice Rioli Jr and Daniel Rioli will run out in yellow and black for the Tigers while Willie Rioli is the sole family representative in blue and gold for the Eagles.

Maurice, 19, is the cousin of Willie, 26, and the uncle of Daniel, 25. The three relatives gathered in the middle of the ground before the game for an interview, hugging and exchanging laughs before getting a family portrait.

Daniel and Willie Rioli.
Camera IconDaniel and Willie Rioli. Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos
Maurice, Willie and Daniel.
Camera IconMaurice, Willie and Daniel. Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos

The trio account for half of the six Rioli family members to have played in the AFL, following Maurice’s dad, Maurice Sr (Richmond), and his cousins Dean (Essendon) and Cyril (Hawthorn).

Maurice will play his third game against the Eagles, while Willie has played 43 and Daniel is clocking up game 121.

Daniel also holds flag bragging rights over his uncle and cousin, claiming the most premiership medals out of the trio (3), while Willie has one (2018).

Teenager Maurice Jr was one of six changes for the Tigers after impressing coach Damien Hardwick in the VFL’s opening rounds.

Maurice Rioli Jr.
Camera IconMaurice Rioli Jr. Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos
So, who wins?
Camera IconSo, who wins? Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos

Co-captain Dylan Grimes, Ivan Soldo, Kane Lambert and Sydney Stack are the other inclusions for Richmond, while veterans Robbie Tarrant and Trent Cotchin have been managed.

Thomson Dow has been ruled out with injury while Rhyan Mansell and Matt Parker have been omitted.

Jack Ross is the medical sub for the Tigers.

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