Player Watch #24 Dane Rampe (c)

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Probably will be I reckon. Who are the other key defenders dominating discussion?

Rance is out but they'll still vote him into the team, Rampe for the other spot.
It's amazing how the AA defence has become so dominated by players who don't play on the best forwards now too. Rampe does it every week, regardless of the size of the forward in question.
 

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I won't be surprised if he misses out to be honest. His last month was still good without being excellent and the likes of Nick Haynes and Dylan Grimes have won a lot of plaudits lately and I suspect they'll be competing for his spot. Plus those weeks of the goalpost, the 50m he gave away against Collingwood legitimately have taken attention away from how good he has been this year. Wouldn't surprise me if that costs him in the end.

I think he should certainly be in the 22 though. There's no player who can play on every forward in the competition to the level that Rampe can. Grimes is the only one who competes with him in that respect (I think Grimes will definitely make it). But the selectors have missed deserving Swans in the past (see Josh Kennedy inexplicably missing selection in 2017).
 

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