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Bulldogs drop AFL selection bombshell

AAP logoAAP 19/08/2016 By Jason Phelan

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has dropped a selection bombshell by axing full forward Jake Stringer ahead of Sunday's AFL clash with Essendon.

Stringer, an All-Australian last year, has struggled for form of late, scoring just one goal in each of his past four games, but his omission from the senior side just two rounds before finals is a surprise move.

Matt Suckling is also out with an achilles injury, with Toby McLean and Roarke Smith the inclusions.

The Bombers brought in Mark Jamar, Kyle Langford and Darcy Parish for what will be the final games for retiring veterans Adam Cooney and Mathew Stokes.

Carlton host Melbourne at the MCG in the early game on Sunday, the Blues recalling Liam Sumner at the expense of Blaine Boekhorst.

The Demons brought in Viv Michie, Sam Weideman and Alex Neal-Bullen for the clash they must win to keep their slim finals' chances alive.

Livewire forward Jeff Garlett is out with an illness, while Cam Pedersen and James Harmes were omitted.

Geelong are looking to shore up their top-four challenge when they travel to Brisbane to take on the Lions.

Andrew Mackie and Darcy Lang come in for the Cats, who rested Jimmy Bartel and lost Josh Caddy to a calf injury.

Brisbane included Josh Clayton, Tom Bell and Jackson Paine, with Jarrad Jansen (omitted), Michael Close (knee) and Archie Smith (omitted) departing the side.

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