Pies seek height advantage in AFL clash

Oliver Caffrey and Jason Phelan
Collingwood believe Brodie Grundy can help give a height advantage against Richmond on Thursday

Ex-Sydney ruckman Darcy Cameron will partner star ruck Brodie Grundy as Collingwood attempt to establish aerial superiority against Richmond at the MCG on Thursday night.

Cameron was preferred over an underdone Mason Cox in the only change made by the Magpies for the highly-anticipated round-two clash.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick will send one recognised ruckman, Ivan Soldo, into battle against the Pies pair.

Two-time premiership ruckman Toby Nankervis will not play, with third-gamer Marlion Pickett a chance to pinch-hit against All-Australian Grundy and second-gamer Cameron, who will be making his debut for the Pies.

Richmond believe this year's shorter quarters will lead to a quicker brand of football and are aiming to use more explosive ground-level players.

Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury said his team would back their talls against the Tigers runners.

Grundy monstered Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English with 37 hitouts to 11 in the Magpies' thumping round-one win in March.

"Obviously for them, they see things they can get an advantage (from) but with us we've structured up no different to how we usually structure up," Pendlebury told reporters.

"We've got a pretty fit list available so hopefully we can get some advantage out of our ruck work if they've got an undersized guy in there.

"But we also understand they'll probably be able to pressure a bit better with some more nimble guys around the footy."

The Pies have again overlooked 2018 Rising Star Jaidyn Stephenson after he missed round one, with Jordan De Goey and Jamie Elliott preferred as the explosive small forwards.

"If he can string some good (reserves) games together (that will only help Stephenson); he had an interrupted preparation," Pendlebury said.

"I think with Jordy, Billy (Elliott) up and about and Stepho playing a bit of catch up, he just needs to get some runs under his belt."

Collingwood's emergencies are Stephenson, Cox, Rupert Wills and Jay Rantall.