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Craig Bellamy has named two debutants in our side to face the Rabbitohs in Thursday night's season opener at AAMI Park - new recruits George Jennings and Reimis Smith.

27-year-old Jennings will be Melbourne Storm player number 209, while 23-year-old Smith will be player number 210.

The Thursday night clash will be Smith's 50th NRL game, after playing 49 for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

Jennings has played 35 first-grade games for Penrith, Parramatta and the Warriors.

12 of our Grand Final 17 have been named in the extended squad.

Brandon Smith has been named to start at hooker. He wore the number 9 jersey four times in our 2020 premiership season. 

The extended bench includes rookies Trent Loiero and Tyson Smoothy.

Tui Kamikamica, Chris Lewis and Tom Eisenhuth have also been named in the extended squad.

Unavailable for selection were Dale Finucane (calf), Harry Grant (knee), Brenko Lee (hamstring), Max King (achilles), Aaron Pene (achilles) Ryley Jacks (shoulder).

Jesse Bromwich will captain the side in his 249th NRL game.

Due to COVID restrictions, all tickets must be pre-purchased here.

Kick-off at 8.05pm.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 George Jennings
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Dane Gagai
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Campbell Graham
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Josh Mansour
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Thomas Burgess
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Brandon Smith
    Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Tevita Tatola
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jacob Host
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jaydn Su'A
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Chris Lewis
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Benji Marshall
  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tui Kamikamica
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Mark Nicholls
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tom Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Keaon Koloamatangi
  • Interchange for Storm is number 21 Tyson Smoothy
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Jai Arrow

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Todd Smith
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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