13 new faces were selected in this year’s All-Australian team, but predictably Gary Ablett was there again.
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Gold Coast Suns star Gary Ablett was selected in the All-Australian for a record eighth consecutive season, but it was the 13 new faces that stole the show on Tuesday night.
The 2014 side contains the third-most debutants in a single year, behind 2012 (15 new members) and 1982 (14).
All six players picked in the backline were new faces to the All-Australian line-up, while midfielders Nat Fyfe and Dyson Heppell, forwards Luke Breust and Hayden Ballantyne and interchange options Jordan Lewis and Tom Rockliff were all first-time selections
Only five players retained their place from the 2013 side, including the aformentioned Ablett and his former Cats teammate Joel Selwood.
Collingwood’s Scott Pendlebury, Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead and Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak were the others to make the grade again.
2014 ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM:
B: Nick Smith (SYD), Cale Hooker (ESS), Daniel Talia (ADL)
HB: Nick Malceski (SYD), Alex Rance (RIC), Brodie Smith (ADL)
C: Nathan Fyfe (FRE), Josh Kennedy (SYD), Dyson Heppell (ESS)
HF: Robbie Gray (POR), Nick Riewoldt (STK), Luke Breust (HAW)
FF: Lance Franklin (SYD), Hayden Ballantyne (FRE), Jarryd Roughead (HAW)
R: Aaron Sandilands (FRE), Joel Selwood (GEE), Gary Ablett (GLD)
INT: Jordan Lewis (HAW), Scott Pendlebury (COL), Travis Boak (POR), Tom Rockliff (BRI)