Dime a dozen…

Former coach and player Tony Jewell, for example, who was among a group of Richmond players caught in a rip at Sydney's Bronte beach and swept out to sea.

Ironman coach Tom Hafey, who had been sunbaking on the sand, plunged into the water and swam towards Jewell - but went straight past and helped champion centre-half-forward Royce Hart to shore.

Jewell rescued himself and later complained to Hafey that he had almost drowned.

''Tony,'' said Hafey, ''half-back flankers are a dime a dozen.''

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