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Eagles top All Australian team

Nic Naitanui, Darren Glass and Dean Cox were three of four Eagles to be named in the All Australian side

WEST Coast has dominated the Four'N Twenty All Australian team, with the club's four nominees - full-back Darren Glass, ruckmen Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui and defender Beau Waters - all selected.

It is the sixth time Cox has made the team and the fourth time that Glass has been chosen.

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Glass also earned the distinction of being named captain of the side, the first West Coast player to do so, with Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett appointed his deputy.

Waters and Naitanui are All Australians for the first time.

But another WA-based gun, Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich, who has been selected in the team on six occasions, was left out.

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The key forward played a major role in Fremantle's resurgence this season, playing 21 games and kicking 62 goals, but that wasn't enough to set him apart from the likes of Hawthorn's Lance Franklin and Geelong's Tom Hawkins.

Three Hawthorn players made the 22-man side, with Franklin, defender Grant Birchall and half-forward Cyril Rioli getting the nod.

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The other Hawk who was nominated in the preliminary 40-man squad, midfielder Sam Mitchell, missed out.

Star midfielders Scott Pendlebury, Dayne Beams and Dane Swan were Collingwood's representatives.

Swan has now made the All Australian team four times.

Brownlow Medal fancies Trent Cotchin (Richmond), Jobe Watson (Essendon) and Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide) made the 22, with each winning selection for the first time.

Dangerfield's teammate Scott Thompson also made the cut for the first time, as did Hawkins, whose accolade capped his brilliant rise over the past 12 months.

Although the Cats have dominated the All Australian team in the past - the club had three of its players selected last year and nine in 2007 - Hawkins was the only Geelong star included this time.

The 2012 All Australian team by the numbers


Only one NAB AFL National Draft No.1 pick made it into the team - Richmond's Brett Deledio.

Key defender Ted Richards and midfielder Josh Kennedy were the Sydney Swans players to make the team, while former Swan Sean Dempster, who had a big year in St Kilda's backline, was a surprise selection.

Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt, who won the Coleman Medal, was among the players unlucky to be overlooked.

He is the first Coleman medallist to be ignored for All Australian selection since Fraser Gehrig in 2005.


The members of the 2012 All Australian team who attended on Monday night. Picture: AFL Media