Melbourne Storm is set to field a near full-strength starting lineup in a blockbuster season opener against the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on Thursday night.

The 21-man squad named today includes 14 players from last year's Grand Final team and four players yet to wear the Storm colours in an NRL game.

The quartet of Ryan Papenhuyzen, Tom Eisenhuth, Billy Walters and Marion Seve have all been named on the extended interchange bench which will be reduced later in the week.

With Billy Slater now enjoying retirement, Jahrome Hughes will start at fullback, with Scott Drinkwater ruled out for up to four months with a pec injury. 

Will Chambers returns in the centres after missing both pre-season trials.

Grand final squad member Joe Stimson will be rested due to a sore lower back.

The final 17 for round one will be announced one hour prior to kick off.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Jahrome Hughes
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius Boyd
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Will Chambers
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 James Roberts
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Curtis Scott
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Jack Bird
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Jamayne Isaako
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Brodie Croft
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Kodi Nikorima

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Andrew McCullough
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Joe Ofahengaue
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Alex Glenn
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jaydn Su'A
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Matt Gillett

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Kotoni Staggs
  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Christian Welch
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 David Fifita
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tui Kamikamica
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Thomas Flegler
  • Interchange for Storm is number 19 Tom Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Tevita Pangai Junior