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Storm forward Tui Kamikamica.

Warriors recruit Wayde Egan will start at hooker while Ryley Jacks will play his first match for the Storm since 2018 in Saturday's trial in Palmerston North.

Former Panthers rake Egan is among 10 players with NRL experience chosen for the Warriors including David Fusitu'a, Chanel Harris-Tavita and Lachlan Burr.

Harris-Tavita will wear the No.6 and has the chance to prove why he should keep the jumper for round one, with the youngster and Kodi Nikorima jostling to partner Blake Green at the scumbase. Nikorima will represent the Maori All Stars on the same night.

Jacks, who spent last season at the Titans, has returned to his debut club with the goal of unseating Jahrome Hughes for the halfback role.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Rocco Berry
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nicho Hynes
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Patrick Herbert
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Brenko Lee
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Hayze Perham
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 David Fusitu'a
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Edward Kosi
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Sandor Earl
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Ryley Jacks
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Adam Keighran
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Cooper Johns

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Phillip Makatoa
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Tino Faasuamaleaui
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Sam Lisone
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Albert Vete
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Taane Milne
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Chris Lewis
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Eliesa Katoa
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Tom Eisenhuth
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Lachlan Burr
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Max King

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Temple Kalepo
    Interchange for Storm is number 14 Darryn Schonig
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard
    Interchange for Storm is number 15 Dean Ieremia
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Paul Turner
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Trent Loiero
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 29 Jackson Frei
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Judda Turahui

Reserves

  • Reserve for Warriors is number 18 Selestino Ravutaumada
    Reserve for Storm is number 18 Aaron Booth
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 19 Israel Ogden
    Reserve for Storm is number 19 James Atonio
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 20 Tom Ale
    Reserve for Storm is number 20 Noah NATAPU
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 21 Setu Tu
    Reserve for Storm is number 21 Siti Moceidreke
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 22 Tyler Slade
    Reserve for Storm is number 22 Jack Peoples
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 23 Karl Lawton
    Reserve for Storm is number 23 Sam Bernstrom

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Referee: Tim Roby
  • Touch Judge: Paki Parkinson
  • Touch Judge: Kiko Puhipi Hibbs

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The Rundown

Squads

New Zealand Warriors: 1. Rocco Berry 2. Patrick Herbert
3. Hayze Perham 4. David Fusitu'a 5. Edward Kosi 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Adam Keighran 8. Phillip Makatoa 9. Wayde Egan 10. Sam Lisone 11. Taane Milne 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Lachlan Burr Interchange 14. Temple Kalepo 15. Jackson Frei 16. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 17. Paul Turner 18. Selestino Ravutaumada 20. Israel Ogden 21. Tom Ale 22. Setu Tu 24. Tyler Slade 25. Preston Riki 26. Isaiah Vagana 27. King Vuniyayawa 28. Leivaha Pulu

Melbourne Storm: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. Brenko Lee 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Sandor Earl 6. Ryley Jacks 7. Cooper Johns 8. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 9. Harry Grant 10. Albert Vete 11. Chris Lewis 12. Tom Eisenhuth 13. Max King 14. Darryn Schonig 15. Dean Ieremia 16. Trent Loiero 17. Judda Turahui 18. Aaron Booth 19. James Atonio 20. Jay Natapu 21. Siti Moceidreke 22. Jack Peoples 23. Sam Bernstrom 24. Dan Atkinson

Casualty ward

New Zealand Warriors: Bunty Afoa is out for the year with an ACL injury while Peta Hiku (shoulder), Gerard Beale (knee), Nathaniel Roache (knee), Karl Lawton (shoulder) and Jazz Tevaga (ankle) are also injured. Adam Blair, Kodi Nikorima and train-and-trialist Jamayne Taunoa-Brown are on All Stars duty.

Melbourne Storm: Representative prop Christian Welch is still working back from an ACL injury, while Jahrome Hughes and the Bromwich brothers are on All Stars duty.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Rocco Berry
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nicho Hynes
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Patrick Herbert
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Brenko Lee
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Hayze Perham
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 David Fusitu'a
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Edward Kosi
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Sandor Earl
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Ryley Jacks
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Adam Keighran
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Cooper Johns

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Phillip Makatoa
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Tino Faasuamaleaui
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Sam Lisone
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Albert Vete
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Taane Milne
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Chris Lewis
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Eliesa Katoa
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Tom Eisenhuth
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Lachlan Burr
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Max King

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Temple Kalepo
    Interchange for Storm is number 14 Darryn Schonig
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard
    Interchange for Storm is number 15 Dean Ieremia
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Paul Turner
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Trent Loiero
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 29 Jackson Frei
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Judda Turahui

Reserves

  • Reserve for Warriors is number 18 Selestino Ravutaumada
    Reserve for Storm is number 18 Aaron Booth
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 19 Israel Ogden
    Reserve for Storm is number 19 James Atonio
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 20 Tom Ale
    Reserve for Storm is number 20 Noah NATAPU
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 21 Setu Tu
    Reserve for Storm is number 21 Siti Moceidreke
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 22 Tyler Slade
    Reserve for Storm is number 22 Jack Peoples
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 23 Karl Lawton
    Reserve for Storm is number 23 Sam Bernstrom

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Referee: Tim Roby
  • Touch Judge: Paki Parkinson
  • Touch Judge: Kiko Puhipi Hibbs

Last updated:

The big question

New Zealand Warriors: Who will win the hooking battle? Aside from the halves face-off featuring Harris-Tavita and Nikorima, the dummy-half duel between Egan and the promising Lawton is intriguing. Both men are coming off shoulder injuries. Having been passed fit to play, Egan has the first opportunity to impress.

Melbourne Storm: Who will fill the centre holes left by Curtis Scott and Will Chambers? With it looking increasingly likely that Melbourne won't get Wests Tigers outside back Paul Momirovski in a swap with Harry Grant, their backline stocks are somewhat thin. Justin Olam is the front-runner for the left centre role, with coach Craig Bellamy saying that Marion Seve, Brenko Lee and Tom Eisenhuth are contending for the other vacant jersey.