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Storm Coach Craig Bellamy has named a 17-man squad for his side's season opener against St.George Illawarra on Monday night.

After receiving surgery on an injured ankle in December, Storm Captain Cameron Smith has been selected in his number nine jersey at hooker.

Speaking to the media prior to training on Tuesday morning, Bellamy explained his position surrounding Smith's fitness.

"Cameron will need to do all the sessions and all of the sessions this week," Bellamy said.

"Basically it will be how he gets through the sessions this week, especially today." 

22-year old Felise Kaufusi is also set to make his first-grade debut after the young forward's impressive pre-season campaign. Felise is the brother of former Storm forward Antonio, who played 78 games for the club between 2003 and 2008. 

New recruits Blake Green and Dale Finucane will make their Storm debuts after being named in starting positions. Green will line-up in the number six jersey at five-eighth alongside Cooper Cronk while Finucane will fill the starting lock position.


Round 1
St. George Illawarra v Melbourne Storm
Monday 9 March, 7pm
Jubilee Oval

1. Billy Slater
2. Young Tonumaipea
3. William Chambers
4. Kurt Mann
5. Marika Koroibete
6. Blake Green
7. Cooper Cronk
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Cameron Smith (c)
10. Jordan McLean
11. Kevin Proctor
12. Tohu Harris
13. Dale Finucane

14. Ryan Hinchcliffe
15. Tim Glasby
16. Dayne Weston
17. Felise Kaufusi

Queensland Cup

Easts Tigers v Northern Pride
Sunday 8 March, 1:40pm
Tap Out Energy Stadium

Cameron Munster
Richie Kennar
Mahe Fonua
Shaun Nona
Christian Welch
Dean Britt
Francis Tualau

Sunshine Coast v Norths Devils
Saturday 7 March, 6pm
Sunshine Coast Stadium

Travis Robinson
Suliasi Vunivalu
Hymel Hunt
Ben Hampton
Kenny Bromwich
Tom Learoyd-Lahrs
Slade Griffin
Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Billy Brittain


Round 1
St. George Illawarra v Melbourne Storm
Monday 9 March, 4:45pm
Jubilee Oval

1. Latrell Robinson
2. Max Fesolai
3. Charnze Nicoll – Klokstad
4. Junior Kirisome
5. Chanel Seigafo
6. Mack Mason
7. Jake Turpin
8. Ben Nakubuwai
9. Aaron Teroi
10. Kurt Bernard
11. Joe Stimson
12. Charlie Galo
13. Logan Houghton

14. Connor Donehue
15. Ben Halfpenny
16. Jamayne Taunoa - Brown
17. Josh Kerr
18. Brendan Frei
19. Shae Ah Fook
20. Tony Tumusa 

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.