Team Announcement - Round 16 v Dragons

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Jahrome Hughes
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jonus Pearson
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Euan Aitken
    Centre for Storm is number 18 Marion Seve
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Timoteo Lafai
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Justin Olam
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Sandor Earl
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Jai Field
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Billy Walters
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Darren Nicholls
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Brodie Croft

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Korbin Sims
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Jeremy Latimore
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Jacob Host
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Joe Stimson
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Blake Lawrie
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Brandon Smith

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Josh Kerr
    Interchange for Storm is number 14 Albert Vete
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Reece Robson
    Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tino Faasuamaleaui
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Patrick Kaufusi
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tui Kamikamica
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Mitchell Allgood
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Ryan Papenhuyzen

Two players have been selected to make their NRL debut when Melbourne Storm travels to Wollongong to play the St George Illawarra Dragons for the Emergency Services Cup in round 16 on Thursday night.

With Cameron Munster on State of Origin duties for Queensland, Billy Walters will deputise at five-eighth in his first top grade appearance, while 19-year-old Tino Fa’asuamaleaui has been named to debut off the interchange bench.

Walters, 25, has gained plenty of experience with Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup, making 83 appearances so far, including 11 games as the starting five-eighth this season.

Meanwhile, Fa’asuamaleaui - a former Queensland U18s representative - has been starring for the Sunshine Coast Falcons and this week earned a call-up to the Queensland U20s squad to play in the State of Origin game three curtain-raiser against the NSW U20s next Wednesday night.

The Melbourne squad named today by coach Craig Bellamy contains seven changes to the starting 13 that faced the Roosters in Adelaide last Friday, with Storm welcoming back fullback Jahrome Hughes from injury but missing six Origin representatives.

The other inclusions in the run-on side are Sandor Earl replacing Josh Addo-Carr in his 50th NRL appearance, new signing Solomone Kata in for Will Chambers, with Brandon Smith, Joe Stimson, and Nelson Asofa-Solomona promoted from the bench for Dale Finucane, Felise Kaufusi and Christian Welch.

Albert Vete is set to play his first NRL game of the year off the bench in the No.14 jersey, while Ryan Papenhuyzen will revert to his interchange role after starting at fullback against the Roosters.

The additions to the extended bench in the squad of 21 include Marion Seve, Tom Eisenhuth, Max King and Harry Grant.

Storm currently holds the Emergency Services Cup, which was instituted following the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

The final 17 will be announced one hour before kick-off on Thursday.