Hawthorn midfielder Jaeger O'Meara will lead his side onto the MCG this Sunday after club veterans Ben McEvoy and Luke Breust were ruled out of the Hawks' Round 1 date with North Melbourne due to health and safety protocols.
Having joined the Bunjil Bagora-based side ahead of the 2017 season, this weekend will provide the 28-year-old with his first opportunity to lead the storied side after being elevated to the role of vice-captain in 2020.
After rehabilitating sufficiently from a hamstring complaint sustained over summer, O'Meara will now take the proverbial armband from McEvoy.
Since departing Queensland after four seasons and 44-games as a Sun, O'Meara has pulled on a brown and gold guernsey on 78-occasions and for 38-goals.
News of the trifecta's team selection was broken by 10 News journalist Rob Waters ahead of the Hawks' training run at Waverley on Thursday morning.
Josh Ward, Connor McDonald and Max Lynch just all got congratulated by Sam Mitchell and playing group @HawthornFC looks like three on debut
— Rob Waters (@RobWaters10) March 17, 2022
While Lynch and MacDonald will plug positions at stoppage time, the introduction of Ward is sure to have brown and gold backers brimming.
Across his sole AAMI Community Series outing in Devonport, the first-round draftee impressed collecting 29 disposals, 19 of which were contested, six clearances and 421 metres gained in Hawthorn's loss to Richmond.
The latest chapter in Hawthorn's historic rivalry with the Roos is set to commence at 1:10 pm AEDT at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.