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Kangaroos join the Dockers and hold stars back

NORTH Melbourne will rest stars such as ruckman Todd Goldstein after being given permission by the AFL to leave out up to 10 players for tonight's clash with Richmond at Etihad Stadium.

The Roos cited fatigue and injury as their main concerns ahead of the round 23 game, with veterans Nick Dal Santo, Drew Petrie and Brent Harvey (pictured) also set to sit out the game.

The fixture has no bearing on the make-up of the top eight, and the Kangaroos are expected to remain eighth even if they were to beat the fifth-placed Tigers, setting up a rematch between the pair in an elimination final next week.

Roos chief executive Carl Dilena said securing a finals spot had given the Kangaroos the right to prioritise preparations for a flag tilt.

"The fatigue and injury status of our players will be the main consideration for team selection this week," Dilena said in a statement.


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