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Cameron Munster’s absence has opened up a two horse race ahead of Friday night’s clash with the Cowboys.

Munster was ruled out yesterday with an ankle sprain, leaving the five-eight role vacant for Storm’s trip to Townsville.

Ryley Jacks has been named in the No.6 while Jahrome Hughes is also a candidate for the position.

Hughes was a standout in last week’s win over the Sea Eagles, scoring a try and running for 156 metres.

The 22-year-old played that game at fullback but has made way this week with Billy Slater set to make his return from a concussion.

Jacks appears to be the front-runner having started the first seven games of the year in the No.6.

However with just five days to prepare, the Captain’s Run on Thursday shapes as the occasion for both players to stake their claim.

“We haven’t decided on it yet, we’ve only had the one training session,” Craig Bellamy said.

“Jahrome hasn’t played much there to be honest whereas Ryley has. Ryley had last week off and it is a short turnaround so he will be feeling pretty fresh.

“We will have a look at it again tomorrow at training and go from there.”

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