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An excited Thunderbolts Coach Eric Smith speaks with Storm TV ahead of Sunday's Round 1 opener on the Sunshine Coast. WATCH the interview in the player above.

Sunday will mark the first time the Thunderbolts will play for points in front of its new home and fans at Sunshine Coast Stadium, kicking off from 2:30pm against the U20 Dragons.

The day will kickoff at 12.40pm with the Falcons beginning their 2016 Queensland Cup campaign against Northern Pride.

Read the full U20 Match Preview here.

See the full U20 Thunderbolts Team Announcement for Round 1 here.

Be there in Round 1 on Monday 7 March at AAMI Park.
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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.