New Zealand squad for 2017 International Cup

The New Zealand National side are expected to be a major force at the 2017 International Cup, after the naming of a strong touring squad.


Stocked with experienced players, and rounded out by energetic and talented newcomers, the New Zealand squad is balanced and versatile.

The International Cup will take place at iconic AFL venues around Melbourne, and will run from the 5th – 19th of August. The Grand Final will be played at the MCG.

The tournament is the pinnacle of International AFL competition, and is held on a 3 yearly basis.

Head Coach Rob Malone, along with assistant’s Justin Davies and Chris Mundell have been working hard behind the scenes and are happy with the mix of players in the squad. “The coaching staff is excited about the squad we have assembled for the upcoming International Cup in Melbourne. We have a nice blend of experience and youth. In terms of the way we want to move the ball, we have a number of players with highly developed skills and good running capabilities which helps”.

Fourteen players in this years squad competed in the last International Cup in 2014 will return to Melbourne with more experience under their belts.

“There were a few good players who just missed out so selection was difficult. This years tournament will be a tough campaign as each year opposition teams improve. NZ has only won this tournament once in its 15 year history so our sole focus is on winning in Melbourne during August.” Head Coach Rob Malone

The New Zealand side are one of the three main contenders to take the title, with Papua New Guinea and Ireland also boasting strong squads.

New Zealand has a strong recent history at the International Cup. Playing as the New Zealand Falcons, the team won the competition in 2005, and were Runner’s Up in 2008. New Zealand finished in third place at the 2011 and 2014 Tournaments and hope to return to New Zealand in August on top of the world.


Congratulations to everyone involved.


Aaron HarrisMorningside PanthersBrisbane
Adam SimpsonSpringwood PumasBrisbane
Andrew HowisonOakleigh DistrictsMelbourne
Andriu SucuNorth Shore TigersAuckland
Andy ChristensenSouth Melbourne SwansMelbourne
Barclay MillerSt Kilda SaintsMelbourne
Ben HickUniversity BluesAuckland
Brandon SucuWilston GrangeBrisbane
Brendan ClarkMaroochydore RoosBrisbane
Carlos Donnell-BrownWaitakere MagpiesAuckland
Christian BlackieOtago HoopsOtago
David RattenburyWaitakere MagpiesAuckland
Jackson ClinceNorth Shore TigersAuckland
James KuselHutt Valley EaglesWellington
Jay JohnsonEastern BluesCanterbury
Joe Baker-ThomasSt Kilda SaintsMelbourne
Josh CunliffeNorth Shore TigersAuckland
Josh MackieOtago HoopsOtago
Liam BeattieUniversity BluesAuckland
Michael BoyceMt Roskill SaintsAuckland
Misilifi FaimaloNorth City DemonsWellington
Peter HalsteadEastern BulldogsWellington
Samuel McKenzieMt Roskill SaintsAuckland
Shane LeatWaitakere MagpiesAuckland
Te Kopa Tipene-ThomasNorth Shore TigersNorthland
Ty SmithNorth Shore TigersAuckland
William DickinsonMt Roskill SaintsAuckland
William GregsonSandringham ZebrasMelbourne
Tim StokesUniversity BluesAuckland
Craig MorganHutt Valley EaglesWellington


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Events Calendar:
Sat Aug 5
AFLIC17 Official Launch
Sun Aug 6
Round One
New Zealand vs Nauru
Venue: Ransford Oval, Royal Park
Time: 3.45pm
Wed Aug 9
Round Two
New Zealand vs Fiji
Venue: Linen House, Seaford
Time: 12.30pm
Sat Aug 12
Round Three (Community Matches)
New Zealand vs Canada
Venue: Waverley Blues Football Club
Time: 12.30pm
Tue Aug 15
Round Four
New Zealand vs Ireland
Venue: Ransford Oval, Royal Park
Time: 12.15pm
Fri Aug 18
Round Five (Grand Finals)
Fri Aug 18
AFL IC17 Gala Dinner
Sat Aug 19
Men’s Grand Final