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Kenny Bromwich and Young Tonumaipea will co-captain Storm at next week’s 2017 NRL Auckland Nines tournament.

It is another significant milestone for the two players at the Club, who both progressed from the Under-20’s development program to NRL level.

Bromwich, with 72 NRL games, will be Melbourne’s most experienced player at the Auckland Nines.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a breakout season last year, playing every game and earning an international call up for New Zealand.

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Tonumaipea is about to enter his fourth NRL season with the Victorian looking to solidify his place in Craig Bellamy’s side for 2017.

The opportunity to take the captaincy reigns will be an invaluable learning experience for both players.

“It is just deserved because not only are they young and well respected within the group, they’ve been to a couple of Nines tournaments, they know what to expect,” Auckland Nines coach and Storm assistant Jason Ryles said.

“They will be able to help not only the players but help myself to prepare the team and give them an idea of what to expect.

“I think it is an honour to captain any team and I think these guys are really well deserving of being captains of the Nines team this weekend.”

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