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The AFL recently listed the 40 nominees for the 2020 All-Australian team. Out of those, 22 were selected. The 40 nominees were:

BRISBANE: Harris Andrews (2019 AA), Hugh McCluggage, Lachie Neale (2019 AA)

CARTON: Jacob Weitering

COLLINGWOOD: Taylor Adams, Brayden Maynard, Darcy Moore, Scott Pendlebury (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019 AA, nominated 2009, 2015, 2016, 2018)

ESSENDON: Jordan Ridley

FREMANTLE: Nat Fyfe (2014, 2015, 2019 (captain) All Australian, nominated 2011, 2013), Luke Ryan, Matt Taberner

GEELONG: Mark Blicavs (nominated 2018, 2019), Patrick Dangerfield (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (vice-captain), 2019 AA), Cam Guthrie, Tom Hawkins (2012, 2019 AA, nominated 2014, 2018), Sam Menegola

GWS; Nick Haynes (nominated 2019)

HAWTHORN: Jack Gunston (2018 AA, nominated 2014, 2015, 2016)

MELBOURNE: Max Gawn (2016, 2018, 2019 AA), Clayton Oliver (2018 AA), Christian Petracca

PORT ADELAIDE; Travis Boak (2013, 2014 AA, nominated 2019), Zak Butters
Darcy Byrne-Jones, Charlie Dixon, Tom Jonas

RICHMOND: Dylan Grimes (2019 AA, nominated 2018), Dustin Martin (2016, 2017, 2018 AA, nominated 2014, 2015, 2019), Nick Vlastuin

ST KILDA: Dan Butler, Jack Steele

SYDNEY: Tom Papley

WEST COAST: Andrew Gaff (2015, 2018, nominated 2016, 2019), Nic Naitanui (2012 AA, nominated 2015, Liam Ryan, Brad Sheppard

WESTERN BULLDOGS: Marcus Bontempelli (2016, 2019 AA), Caleb Daniel, Jack Macrae (2019 AA, nominated 2018)

Below are the 22 final selections for the 2020 All-Australian team. Some of the selections left many scratching their heads. Of course, like every year, fans of teams wonder why their players were overlooked. Several selections which took many by surprise was midfielder Dustin Martin placed in a forward pocket and midfielder Patrick Dangerfield slotted on a half-forward flank. For better or worse, and surely to be a topic of conversation is the final team:

BACK :Brad Sheppard (West Coast), Harris Andrews (Brisbane), Luke Ryan (Fremantle)

HALF BACK: Nick Haynes (GWS), Darcy Moore (Collingwood), Darcy Byrne-Jones (Port Adelaide)

CENTER: Jack Macrae (Western Bulldogs), Travis Boak (VC) (Port Adelaide), Cam Guthrie (Geelong)

HALF FORWARD: Patrick Dangerfield (C) (Geelong), Charlie Dixon (Port Adelaide), Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)

FORWARD: Liam Ryan (West Coast), Tom Hawkins (Geelong), Dustin Martin (Richmond)

FOLLOWERS (aka ruck & rovers): Nic Naitanui (West Coast), Christian Petracca (Melbourne), Lachie Neale (Brisbane)

INTERCHANGE: Jack Steele (St Kilda), Taylor Adams (Collingwood), Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs), Max Gawn (Melbourne)

Sources: Nadine Rabah, AFL Media Release,

Article last changed on Friday, January 15, 2021 - 12:07 AM EST

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