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In a daily series analysing who will line up in each position for all 16 teams in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership in 2020, NRL.com looks at minor premiers the Melbourne Storm.

NRL.com says: The departures of Will Chambers and Curtis Scott leave the centre stocks thin, with Marion Seve the obvious choice to partner Justin Olam. Christian Welch won't be back for round one after a knee reconstruction with Tom Eisenhuth or Albert Vete most likely to fill the last bench spot.

Jamie Soward says: I don't think it will happen but I'd love to see Cameron Smith go to halfback. He already runs the team and they've been lacking a dominant No.7 since Cooper Cronk left.

That has the advantage of managing his workrate as well as giving Kiwi Test hooker Brandon Smith a chance to start and opens the way for Harry Grant to come in on the bench. That means Jahrome Hughes misses out for me while I also think young Cooper Johns could earn a chance in the halves as the season goes on.

NRL.com's predicted Storm round 1 team

  1. Ryan Papenhuyzen
  2. Josh Addo-Carr
  3. Marion Seve
  4. Justin Olam
  5. Suliasi Vunivalu
  6. Cameron Munster
  7. Jahrome Hughes
  8. Jesse Bromwich
  9. Cameron Smith
  10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  11. Felise Kaufusi
  12. Kenny Bromwich
  13. Dale Finucane

  14. Brandon Smith
  15. Tui Kamikamica
  16. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
  17. Thomas Eisenhuth

Others: Sandor Earl, Harry Grant, Cooper Johns, Albert Vete, Christian Welch, Ryley Jacks