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Riolis to miss AFL for family funeral

  • Riolis to miss AFL for family funeral

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6: Daniel Rioli of the Tigers and Cyril Rioli of the Hawks embrace after the 2016 AFL Round 07 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on May 6, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

AFL players Cyril and Daniel Rioli will miss their matches this weekend to attend a family funeral in the Northern Territory.

Grandfather Cyril Kalippa died earlier this month, aged 81.

Richmond will be without Daniel for Saturday's match against Brisbane at the MCG.

And Cyril will not play for Hawthorn this Sunday against Gold Coast in Launceston.

Cyril is Daniel's uncle and they also missed a game last month to visit their ailing grandfather.

Kalippa was the patriarch of the Riolis, a prominent family on the Tiwi Islands.

The wider family has a rich AFL lineage that also features former Essendon players Michael Long and Dean Rioli.

Maurice Rioli was one of the greatest players in Richmond history and last week he was inducted into the AFL Hall Of fame.

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