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Adelaide Crows youngster Lachie Murphy was left a little exposed by the Fox Footy cameras and Eddie Betts has revealed why.

It will go down as one of the most bizarre interviews of the AFL season but Adelaide Crows star Eddie Betts has revealed the truth behind teammate Lachie Murphy’s budgie smuggler interview.

The young rising star Lachlan Murphy played a key role up forward to help his side claim the imposing win over St Kilda last weekend but was left a little exposed by Fox Footy’s Nick Dal Santo and Jonathan Brown post match.

Murphy donned nothing but a pair of Adelaide Crows coloured budgie smugglers as the interview got underway with his family standing in the background.

The topic was raised immediately by the commentators before Betts strolled past and told the youngster to “put some clothes on mate”.

It definitely made the footy world laugh but Betts admitted the interview has caused the 20-year-old Murphy all kinds of grief during the week, particularly from teammates.

“Honestly I spoke to him and he’s a bit flat,” Eddie said on radio on FIVEaa Breakfast on Thursday. “He got stitched up there.

“He was talking to his family, he got intimidated because big Browny walked over and goes, ‘Oi Lach, get over here. We want to chat to you.’ And he said, ‘I felt intimidated, big Browny came up to me’.”

Eddie Betts had a great time with Lachie Murphy’s interview.Source:News Corp Australia
Murphy had scored three goals against the Saints, but it was the post game interview that put the young star in the spotlight.

“First of all, don’t walk back out there in your budgie smugglers,” Betts laughed. “At least have a T-shirt on.

“There’s hundreds of people in the change rooms and he’s walked out in his budgie smugglers.

“I walked out of the change rooms, I’m like, ‘Hang on, what’s going on here? Look at this — he’s on live TV in budgie smugglers,’ so I started filming it. I was like, ‘Put some clothes on, mate!’

“He actually felt embarrassed and he was a bit flat about it because we watched in our forward line (meeting). We put it on, he was flat about that incident because I would be flat about it too because it’s just not on but he’s playing some great footy.”

AFL strugglers Melbourne, North Melbourne and Sydney have all swung the axe as they look to get their seasons back on track.

The Demons have omitted key forward Sam Weideman for Saturday’s clash with Hawthorn at the MCG.

Oscar McDonald and Josh Wagner return for the Dees, who will be without skipper Jack Viney (shoulder) for the next fortnight.

Hawks veteran Shaun Burgoyne returns from a hamstring injury.

North dumped off-season recruit Aaron Hall for Sunday’s game against Carlton but will welcome back Shaun Higgins from illness.

Sam Weideman has been omitted from the side for Saturday’s clash with Hawthorn.Source:AAP

The Roos’ chances of securing their second win for the season are bolstered by the Blues losing Kade Simpson, Mitch McGovern, Matthew Kreuzer and Nic Newman to injury.

Key forward Charlie Curnow headlines the additions for Carlton.

The Swans made three changes, dropping Ben Ronke, Ryan Clarke and James Rowbottom for Saturday’s trip to Brisbane to face the unchanged Lions.

But premiers West Coast resisted wholesale changes after heavy losses to Geelong and Port Adelaide, welcoming back Jack Redden from injury in place of Jarrod Brander.

The Eagles play host on Saturday night to Gold Coast, who will be without Pearce Hanley (shin) and have recalled Anthony Miles and Aaron Young.

GWS confirmed the loss of ball magnet Lachie Whitfield (corked thigh) for Saturday’s clash with St Kilda in Canberra.

Skipper Phil Davis returns from an ankle complaint alongside Isaac Cumming, while Matt Buntine has been omitted.

The Saints made four changes with Jack Steven again taking an extended break to deal with his mental health and Jack Lonie (knee) facing a long stint on the sidelines.

One-time Collingwood defender Jonathon Marsh, who last played at AFL level in 2016, has been named to make his Saints debut.

Richmond made two alterations, adding Shai Bolton and Connor Menadue in place of injured premiership players Jack Riewoldt (knee) and David Astbury (ankle) to face the unchanged Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium.

Bryce Gibbs and Josh Jenkins are back for the Crows.Source:AAP

Ladder-leaders Geelong summoned Jordan Clark and Brandon Parfitt into their extended squad to face Essendon at the MCG on Sunday.

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Devon Smith and Orazio Fantasia were named for the Bombers after overcoming injuries, while David Myers continues to be managed.

Adelaide meanwhile named Josh Jenkins and Bryce Gibbs in their 26-man squad for Sunday’s home clash with Fremantle.

Gibbs missed last week’s game with a stomach bug while Jenkins has spent the past fortnight in the SANFL.

Port Adelaide named Karl Amon in place of injured forward Robbie Gray for Friday night’s clash with Collingwood, who confirmed the inclusion of Ben Reid and Jamie Elliott in place of Mason Cox (ankle) and Travis Varcoe respectively.


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