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Father-son prospect named in Aussie squad

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 13: Taj Schofield of Western Australia is tackled by Blake Reid of Vic Country during the AFL U16 Championships match between Vic Country and Western Australia at the Gabba on July 13, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Albert Perez/AFL Media/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 13: Taj Schofield of Western Australia is tackled by Blake Reid of Vic Country during the AFL U16 Championships match between Vic Country and Western Australia at the Gabba on July 13, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/AFL Media/Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on AFL.com.au

POTENTIAL Port Adelaide father-son selection Taj Schofield has been picked in the Australian under-17 side to face the New Zealand Hawks later this month.

Schofield is the son of Port Adelaide premiership player Jarrod Schofield who is currently the Power’s midfield coach.

The 16-year-old is a 2020 draft prospect but has already shown promise, having been named in the Under 16 All-Australian side last year after averaging 17 disposals for Western Australia during the national carnival.

He played in a colts premiership with Subiaco in 2018 but moved back to Adelaide this year with his family and joined Woodville-West Torrens and the Henley High School football program.

His father Jarrod played 160 games for Port Adelaide, including being part of the historic 2004 Premiership side, as part of a 206 game AFL career which started at West Coast and ended at Fremantle.

Possible Adelaide father-son selection Luke Edwards is also in the Australian squad.

The son of two-time premiership player Tyson saw his brother Jackson spend a year on the Crows’ rookie list in 2018 before being delisted without managing an AFL debut. 

The Australian side will go into camp in Melbourne on April 24 under coach Luke Power before facing New Zealand as part of a curtain-raiser at Marvel Stadium to the clash involving St Kilda and Adelaide.

In previous years the game has been played in New Zealand, but after changes to this year's under-18 system and Academy structure, it has been shifted to Melbourne. 

Elijah Hollands, the son of former Richmond player Ben, has already shown recruiters he looms as an early selection next year, as has Jamarra Ugle-Hayden, an agile and versatile forward.

Another familiar name in the group is Oliver Henry, the younger brother of Geelong defender Jack.

Talented pair Tanner Bruhn and Kaine Baldwin have been selected but will not play in the game due to respective knee injuries.  

Australian under-17s side

Taj Schofield (SA/WWT)

Nathan O'Driscoll (WA/Perth)

Brandon Walker (WA/East Fremantle)

Zane Trew (WA/Swan Districts)

Logan McDonald (WA/Perth)

Denver Grainger-Barras (WA/Swan Districts)

Will Phillips (Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers)

Connor Downie (Vic Metro/Eastern Ranges)

Campbell Edwardes (Vic Metro/Calder Cannons)

Nikolas Cox (Vic Metro/Northern Knights)

Tanner Bruhn (Vic Country/Geelong Falcons)

Oliver Henry (Vic Country/Geelong Falcons)

Elijah Hollands (Vic Country/Murray Bushrangers)

Ethan Baxter (Vic Country/Murray Bushrangers)

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Vic Country/Oakleigh Chargers/GWV Rebels)

Oliver Davis (Tasmania/Clarence)

Sam Collins (Tasmania/North Hobart)

Jackson Callow (Tasmania/North Launceston)

Corey Durdin (SA/Central District)

Zachary Dumesny (SA/South Adelaide)

Jye Sinderberry (SA/West Adelaide)

Luke Edwards (SA/Glenelg)

Kaine Baldwin (SA/Glenelg)

Riley Thilthorpe (SA/West Adelaide)

Alex Davies (QLD/Gold Coast Academy)

Errol Gulden (NSW-ACT/Sydney Academy)

Braedon Campbell (NSW-ACT/Sydney Academy)