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Selection: Big names return

Ready to head north The Pies are looking to make it five straight wins at the Gabba, as the team prepares to tackle Brisbane in round seven.

Some good players out, some good players in.

That sums up Collingwood’s team selection for the round seven clash with the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Sunday evening.

Darcy Moore, Ben Crocker, Taylor Adams and Travis Varcoe are the confirmed additions to the team that lost to Richmond last weekend.

The Pies have also brought Alex Fasolo, Sam McLarty and Brayden Sier into their 26-man squad. Fasolo, McLarty and Sier have been named on the extended bench.

The confirmed outs are James Aish (knee), Brayden Maynard (ankle) and Ben Reid (achilles).

The final team will be named at 5pm on Friday.

Jordan De Goey and Darcy Moore leave the track after training at the Holden Centre on Thursday

Collingwood is aiming to post its fifth straight win at the Gabba when it takes on the Lions on Sunday. The Magpies last played at the Gabba on a Saturday night in May 2016. That night the Pies won by 78 points and Adam Treloar finished with 36 disposals and three goals (he later received the three Brownlow Medal votes as well). 

Travis Varcoe will be looking to continue his perfect record against the Lions. During his career with Geelong and Collingwood, the speedy midfielder has played 11 games against the boys from Brisbane (nine of those when he was with the Cats) and has won all of them. Varcoe’s career win-loss record is quite incredible. He has played 190 games and has won 139, a winning percentage of 73.16. 

Darcy Moore spent a lot of time training as a backman during the pre-season. He then played a bit at both ends of the ground before going down with an injury in the round two loss to Greater Western Sydney. But Ben Reid’s absence means he’s likely to play in the forward line on Sunday in what will be his 50th AFL game.

Brisbane Lions v Collingwood
AFL Round 7
Sunday, May 6
Gabba, 4.40pm

B: Sam Murray, Lynden Dunn, Jack Crisp
HB: Travis Varcoe, Matthew Scharenberg, Jeremy Howe
C: Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Tom Phillips
HF: Jordan De Goey, Darcy Moore, Will Hoskin-Elliott
F: Ben Crocker, Mason Cox, Jaidyn Stephenson
Foll: Brodie Grundy, Taylor Adams, Adam Treloar
Int from: Jarryd Blair, Alex Fasolo, Chris Mayne, Callum Brown, Josh Thomas, Brayden Sier, Sam McLarty, Flynn Appleby

IN: Taylor Adams, Ben Crocker, Alex Fasolo, Sam McLarty, Darcy Moore, Brayden Sier, Travis Varcoe
OUT: James Aish (knee), Brayden Maynard (ankle), Ben Reid (achilles)