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Squad announced for Warriors trial

Melbourne Storm will play its first pre-season trial game under Friday night lights at Geelong's GMHBA Stadium, with seven players from last year's Grand Final side lining up for the clash against the Warriors. 

Scott Drinkwater will pull on the number one jersey while Jahrome Hughes - who is also vying for the vacant starting fullback position - has been named on the interchange bench. 

Both Hughes and Brandon Smith will be backing up after representing the New Zealand Maori team at last Friday's blockbuster All Stars match.

Sandor Earl will play his first trial for Storm after a number of injury setbacks.

Friday night’s 29-man squad includes five players from Storm’s Intrust Super Cup feeder clubs who will have the opportunity to play in Melbourne colours.

Nicho Hynes, Darryn Schonig and Daniel Dole play for the Sunshine Coast Falcons, while Curtis Dansey-Smaller and Tom Hughes are with Easts Tigers.

Two U20 Thunderbolts players will also enjoy a taste of the top grade, with Matt Stimson and Trent Toelau named on the extended bench.

All seven young players trained with the first-grade squad during the preseason.

Tickets are still available here.

Kick-off at 7.50pm.

Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors

Friday, 22 February

GMHBA Stadium Geelong

1. Scott Drinkwater

2. Suliasi Vunivalu

3. Marion Seve

4. Curtis Scott

5. Sandor Earl

6. Billy Walters

7. Brodie Croft

8. Christian Welch

9. Brandon Smith

10. Tui Kamikamica

11. Joe Stimson

12. Tom Eisenhuth

13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

14. Jahrome Hughes

15. Ryan Papenhuyzen

16. Justin Olam

17. Cheyse Blair

18. Curtis Dansey-Smaller

19. Tom Hughes

20. Cooper Johns

21. Harry Grant

22. Nicho Hynes

23. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

24. Patrick Kaufusi

25. Kelma Tuilagi

27. Matt Stimson

28. Trent Toelau

29. Darryn Schonig

30. Daniel Dole


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.