2016 All-Australian team
The 2016 All-Australian team represents the best performed Australian Football League (AFL) players during the 2016 season. It was announced on 1 September, as a complete Australian rules football team of 22 players. The team is honorary and does not actually play any games.
The selection panel for the 2016 All-Australian team consisted of chairman Gillon McLachlan, Kevin Bartlett, Luke Darcy, Mark Evans, Danny Frawley, Glen Jakovich, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson and Warren Tredrea.
The chosen team was announced on 1 September. Sydney had the most selections with five. Geelong captain, Joel Selwood, was announced as the All-Australian captain, with Adelaide midfielder, Rory Sloane, announced as the vice-captain. The team saw nine players selected in an All-Australian side for the first time in their career.
|2016 All-Australian team|
|B:||Dane Rampe (Sydney)||Alex Rance (Richmond)||Jeremy McGovern (West Coast)|
|HB:||Heath Shaw (Greater Western Sydney)||Daniel Talia (Adelaide)||Corey Enright (Geelong)|
|C:||Dan Hannebery (Sydney)||Josh Kennedy (Sydney)||Rory Sloane (Adelaide) (vice-captain)|
|HF:||Toby Greene (Greater Western Sydney)||Lance Franklin (Sydney)||Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)|
|F:||Eddie Betts (Adelaide)||Josh Kennedy (West Coast)||Tom Lynch (Gold Coast)|
|Foll:||Max Gawn (Melbourne)||Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)||Joel Selwood (Geelong) (captain)|
|Int:||Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)||Luke Parker (Sydney)||Dustin Martin (Richmond)|
|Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs)|
|Coach:||Luke Beveridge (Western Bulldogs)|
Note: the position of coach in the All-Australian team is traditionally awarded to the coach of the premiership team.
The initial 40-man squad was announced on 29 August. Adelaide had the most nominations with six, while the two Sydney clubs, Sydney and Greater Western Sydney, had five nominations each. The two worst-performed teams during the season, the Brisbane Lions and Essendon, were the only clubs not to receive a nomination, with Brisbane's Dayne Zorko, Carlton's Patrick Cripps, Essendon's Zach Merrett, St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt and Sydney's Heath Grundy among those considered unlucky to miss selection.
- Adelaide: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Rory Laird, Tom Lynch, Rory Sloane, Daniel Talia
- Brisbane Lions: Nil
- Carlton: Sam Docherty, Kade Simpson
- Collingwood: Scott Pendlebury, Adam Treloar
- Essendon: Nil
- Fremantle: Lachie Neale
- Geelong: Patrick Dangerfield, Corey Enright, Joel Selwood
- Gold Coast: Tom Lynch
- Greater Western Sydney: Stephen Coniglio, Toby Greene, Tom Scully, Heath Shaw, Callan Ward
- Hawthorn: Jack Gunston, Sam Mitchell, Cyril Rioli
- Melbourne: Max Gawn
- North Melbourne: Robbie Tarrant
- Port Adelaide: Jasper Pittard
- Richmond: Dustin Martin, Alex Rance
- St Kilda: Jack Steven
- Sydney: Lance Franklin, Dan Hannebery, Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker, Dane Rampe
- West Coast: Andrew Gaff, Josh Kennedy, Jeremy McGovern, Luke Shuey
- Western Bulldogs: Marcus Bontempelli, Matthew Boyd
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