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New Zealand Hawks ready to take flight in Melbourne

International Cup 2017

The New Zealand Hawks (the squad formerly known as the Falcons) – have named a dynamic squad for the upcoming AFL International Cup. The Hawks previously won the tournament in 2005 with a strong win over Papua New Guinea, however, running 2nd in 2008 was the last time the New Zealand side tasted Grand Final action although they have never placed lower than third.

With 2 completed seasons now of the AFLNZ Premiership – the domestic preparation has never been better. The squad includes a majority of players who took part in season 2 of the AFLNZ Premiership including a fair sprinkling of team of the tournament reps. There are a number of current Australian based players including Joe Baker-Thomas.

AFLNZ reports the head coach as Rob Malone with assistant's in Justin Davies and Chris Mundell. There are 14 players backing up after competing in the 2014 International Cup.
The tournament is launched on Saturday August 5th with round 1 matches beginning the following day.

NameCurrent ClubCity2017 NZAFL PremTeam of Year
Aaron HarrisMorningside PanthersBrisbane
Adam SimpsonSpringwood PumasBrisbaneWestern CrowsDef
Andrew HowisonOakleigh DistrictsMelbourne
Andriu SucuNorth Shore TigersAucklandSouthern SaintsDef
Andy ChristensenSouth Melbourne SwansMelbourne
Barclay MillerSt Kilda SaintsMelbourne
Ben HickUniversity BluesAucklandSouthern Saints
Brandon SucuWilston GrangeBrisbaneSouthern Saints
Brendan ClarkMaroochydore RoosBrisbaneCentral Giants
Carlos Donnell-BrownWaitakere MagpiesAucklandSouthern Saints
Christian BlackieOtago HoopsOtagoWestern Crows
David RattenburyWaitakere MagpiesAucklandCentral GiantsMid
Jackson ClinceNorth Shore TigersAucklandNorthern Suns
James KuselHutt Valley EaglesWellingtonNorthern SunsMid
Jay JohnsonEastern BluesCanterburyWestern CrowsMid
Joe Baker-ThomasSt Kilda SaintsMelbourne
Josh CunliffeNorth Shore TigersAucklandSouthern Saints
Josh MackieOtago HoopsOtagoNorthern Suns
Liam BeattieUniversity BluesAucklandNorthern SunsFwd
Michael BoyceMt Roskill SaintsAucklandSouthern Saints
Misilifi FaimaloNorth City DemonsWellingtonNorthern Suns
Peter HalsteadEastern BulldogsWellingtonNorthern Suns
Samuel McKenzieMt Roskill SaintsAucklandSouthern SaintsFwd
Shane LeatWaitakere MagpiesAucklandWestern Crows
Te Kopa Tipene-ThomasNorth Shore TigersNorthlandWestern CrowsFwd
Ty SmithNorth Shore TigersAucklandWestern CrowsInt
William DickinsonMt Roskill SaintsAucklandNorthern SunsMid
William GregsonSandringham ZebrasMelbourneNorthern Suns
Emergencies
Tim StokesUniversity BluesAucklandNorthern Suns
Craig MorganHutt Valley EaglesWellingtonCentral GiantsDef
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