North lose Cunnington for clash with Swans

North Melbourne suffered a blow ahead of their AFL clash with Sydney at Marvel Stadium on Saturday with Ben Cunnington a late withdrawal due to a back issue.

Former Giant Aiden Bonar replaced Cunnington in the North Melbourne side, making his club debut in the process.

Sydney also made a late change, with Hayden McLean replacing Justin McInerney to give the Swans extra height.

Inside midfielder Cunnington averaged 23 disposals, 5.5 clearances and five tackles across North Melbourne’s opening two victories.

Bonar played six games for the Giants across two seasons before joining North Melbourne in last year’s trade period.

Earlier in the week, the Kangaroos dropped Bailey Scott for Paul Ahern, while the Swans replaced Kaiden Brand (groin) with Robbie Fox.





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