Lance Franklin
Lance Franklin

Hawthorn have named Lance Franklin for Sunday's clash with Greater Western Sydney despite the key forward being in some doubt, while the Bulldogs and Dockers have swung the selection axe ahead of their clash at Patersons Stadium.

Franklin, though, has been under a cloud all week after sitting out the majority of the final quarter in last week's big win over Carlton with hamstring tightness.

Despite the Hawks presumably being reluctant to risk him suffering further injury against the struggling Giants, Franklin has been named in the line-up for Sunday's clash at the MCG.

Indeed, Hawthorn have made just two changes for that game as youngsters Thomas Murphy and Bradley Hill come into the side for Shaun Burgoyne (cork) and Brent Guerra (suspended).

The Giants, though, have made four changes of their own following a 94-point belting by the Swans in the Sydney derby.

Tom Scully (groin), Luke Power (ribs), Dylan Shiel (foot) and Dean Brogan (rested) have been replaced in the side by Stephen Coniglio, Nick Haynes, Andrew Phillips and Taylor Adams.

However, in an odd twist, Scully has been named as one of the club's three emergencies, suggesting his injury is not particularly serious.

Over in the west, meanwhile, the Bulldogs have made plenty of changes for this week's clash with Fremantle in Perth following their dismal 84-point capitulation to Essendon last weekend.

Several of those changes were forced, however, as Dylan Addison (jaw) and Robert Murphy (hamstring/hip) drop out of the team, along with Adam Cooney (soreness) who has been battling a degenerative knee condition for the last few weeks.

But coach Brendan McCartney has also dropped three players as well in a clear sign he will not tolerate too many more efforts like last week's, leaving Ryan Hargrave, Jordan Roughead and Liam Jones at home as Lindsay Gilbee, Ayce Cordy, Jason Tutt, Mitch Wallis, Nathan Djerrkura and Mark Austin come into the side.

Although the Dockers played reasonably well, especially after quarter-time against Collingwood in last Saturday's 29-point loss, Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has swung the axe, omitting five players.

Nick Suban, Alex Silvagni, Lachie Neale, Jayden Pitt and Zach Clarke have all been dropped, replaced in part by Antoni Grover, Paul Duffield and Kepler Bradley. Stephen Hill also returns from an ankle injury, while Cameron Sutcliffe will make his debut.

The Suns have also made five changes to their side for Sunday's clash with Geelong at Metricon Stadium after being embarrassed by West Coast to the tune of 126 points last Saturday.

Steven May (hamstring) and Alex Sexton (hip) are injured but Taylor Hine, Sam Iles and Jeremy Taylor have all been dumped.

Gold Coast have added some experience to their line-up, though, as Campbell Brown returns from injury to line up alongside Michael Rischitelli, Jarrod Harbrow, Maverick Weller and Dion Prestia, who all return to the team.

For the Cats, experienced campaigners Paul Chapman and Josh Hunt also return to the side which struggled to finish off a resilient Port Adelaide last weekend, along with Dawson Simpson.

Mitch Duncan (knee) and the struggling James Podsiadly (ankle) have been forced out with injury, while Cameron Guthrie has been dropped.


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