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Bulldog Murphy captains 11 new All Australians as Walker, Kennedy miss out

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WESTERN Bulldogs skipper Robert Murphy has been named captain of the 2015 Virgin Australia AFL All Australian team, in a line-up that contains 11 players picked for the first time.

Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker was one of several unlucky omissions from the team, with Sydney Swan ball-winner Josh Kennedy also missing out. 

Murphy capped a stellar season with the Dogs, who surged into the finals under new coach Luke Beveridge, to be selected at half-back in the competition's team of the year.

Bulldog Rob Murphy (second from right) becomes All Australian captain at 32. Picture: AFL Media

The Bulldogs had three players picked in the team that was revealed on Tuesday night at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building, with Easton Wood and Jake Stringer earning their first All Australian jumpers.

Easton Wood and partner on Tuesday night's red carpet. Picture: AFL Media

The Bulldogs were one of four clubs – along with West Coast, Hawthorn and Richmond – to have three players picked, with seven clubs failing to have any representatives.

Eagles' Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy was selected at full forward and named as the team's vice-captain, while last year's Brownlow Medal winner Matt Priddis and wingman Andrew Gaff won their first spots in the team.

Tigers full-back Alex Rance was one of only three players to win back-to-back honours, with Richmond teammates Jack Riewoldt and Brett Deledio also in the side.

Tiger trio Deledio, Riewoldt and Rance at Tuesday night's gala awards. Picture: AFL Media

Riewoldt edged out Walker for the centre-half forward position while Deledio was named on the bench.

Josh Gibson became an All Australian for the first time when named as a back pocket, while Hawthorn teammate Cyril Rioli was picked at half-forward having not made the All Australian line-up since 2012.

Midfielder Sam Mitchell won his third selection in the team of the year after averaging more than 30 disposals in 2015. But he couldn't squeeze into the starting midfield, being named on the interchange.

Fremantle's place at the top of the ladder was rewarded with just two players making the final cut, with Brownlow favourite Nat Fyfe picked and David Mundy also in the team.

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North Melbourne match-winner Todd Goldstein won the prized spot as first ruck, with the selectors choosing to only pick one ruckman in the line-up. He beat out West Coast's Nic Naitanui for the position.

Essendon star Michael Hurley, Greater Western Sydney defender Heath Shaw and Adelaide goalsneak Eddie Betts were among the other players to taste All Australian honours for the first time.

Essendon's Michael Hurley earned his first All Australian selection at centre half-back. Picture: AFL Media

Crows midfielder Patrick Dangerfield, widely expected to announce a move to Geelong after another stellar season, became a three-time representative.

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How's this for size? Dangerfield (r) and Sam Mitchell try on their All Australian blazers. Picture: AFL Media

Chad Wingard's 53-goal season saw him picked in the forward line, while Power teammate Robbie Gray backed up his efforts from last year to clinch another place in the team.

Port Adelaide was the only non-finals team to have multiple players selected as All Australians, with the Sydney Swans, who finished in the top four at the end of the home and away season, being represented solely by midfielder Dan Hannebery.

His Swans midfield partner Kennedy was one of the unlucky omissions from the team, along with Crows defender Rory Laird, dynamic Tiger Dustin Martin and Freo midfielder Lachie Neale.

Collingwood pair Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury, who have each been All Australians on five occasions, did not make the final team despite being nominated in the squad of 40 players.

The Magpies, as well as the Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Geelong, Gold Coast, Melbourne and St Kilda, did not have a presence in this year's All Australian team.

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