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Team List - Round 20 v Dragons

It will be a new-look Melbourne Storm squad that makes the trip to Sydney to face St George Illawarra in the final round of the 2020 NRL season on Sunday.

Judda Turahui and Trent Loiero drop out of the squad for tomorrow's match.

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With second spot on the ladder secured and a possible short turnaround to next week’s finals game ahead, Storm has elected not to risk any player currently dealing with a niggling injury after 17 consecutive weeks of football.

The range of changes includes debuts for Ricky Leutele and Aaron Pene, who will become the seventh and eighth players to play their first games for Storm this year.

Leutele, who joined Storm last month, will start in the centres along with Paul Momirovski, who returns from a finger injury which has kept him sidelined since win against the Broncos in round 11.

Back-rower Pene will make his Storm debut off the interchange bench.

Storm’s round 20 line-up also features the return of fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen after a two-week absence due to an achilles complaint and a second NRL appearance for young halfback Cooper Johns, who will partner Ryley Jacks in the halves.

Max King will celebrate his 50th NRL match by being a member of Melbourne’s starting forward pack for the first time while State of Origin prop Christian Welch is back after being suspended and stood down for the home games against North Queensland and Wests Tigers.

Dale Finucane (calf) will be kept off the field for another week, but is expected to return for week one of the finals, along with the other Storm regulars who are sitting out this weekend.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Max Feagai
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Sandor Earl
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Euan Aitken
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Ricky Leutele
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Paul Momirovski
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Cody Ramsey
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Isaac Lumelume
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Jayden Sullivan
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Ryley Jacks
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Adam Clune
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Cooper Johns

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Tui Kamikamica
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Brandon Smith
  • Prop for Dragons is number 15 Kaide Ellis
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Tom Eisenhuth
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Jacob Host
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Chris Lewis
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Jackson Ford
    Lock for Storm is number 18 Aaron Booth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Tariq Sims
    Interchange for Storm is number 13 Max King
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Josh Kerr
    Interchange for Storm is number 14 Nicho Hynes
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Eddie Blacker
    Interchange for Storm is number 15 Darryn Schonig
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 21 Tyrell Fuimaono
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Aaron Pene

Match Officials

  • Referee: Matt Cecchin
  • Touch Judge: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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