HOSTPLUS Team Announcement – Trial 2
Skipper Cameron Smith will feature alongside halfback Cooper Cronk and 2015 Player of the Year Jesse Bromwich in Saturday’s trial match against the Bulldogs.
Craig Bellamy has named an experienced side for Melbourne’s final trial match before the beginning of the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership season.
Along with the experienced trio, first-grade regulars Will Chambers, Marika Koroibete, Dale Finucane, Kevin Proctor and Blake Green will all feature.
“We are very pleased to select a near full-strength Storm side in preparation for Round 1,” Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said.
“Saturday’s trial is important with a couple of positions up for grabs for Round 1, which is why Craig Bellamy has named an extended squad.”
Billy Slater and Cameron Munster will both sit out the final contest but continue to improve as the 2016 season opener approaches.
“Billy is progressing well, we have ramped up his contact training but decided to hold him back given we have a week off (following the trial),” said Ponissi.
“At this stage he is on track for Round 1.
“Munster is progressing well and looking at a return in either Round 1 or 2.”
Melbourne Storm v Canterbury Bulldogs
Saturday 20 February, 5:30pm
Belmore Sports Ground
1. Young Tonumaipea
2. Curtis Scott
3. Richie Kennar
4. Will Chambers
5. Marika Koroibete
6. Blake Green
7. Cooper Cronk
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Cameron Smith ©
10. Jordan McLean
11. Kevin Proctor
12. Tohu Harris
13. Dale Finucane
14. Ben Hampton
15. Tim Glasby
16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
17. Francis Tualau
18. Matt White
19. Kenny Bromwich
20. Felise Kaufusi
21. Jeremy Hawkins
22. Tony Tumusa
28. Matt Grieve (Sunshine Coast Falcons)