Brandon Smith returns to the Melbourne Storm on-field starting line-up for Saturday night's clash with the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona was ruled out of the interstate match after scans showed the prop sustained a medial ligament injury against the Penrith Panthers in Magic Round. Smith will step into the No. 10 jersey after being named on the interchange in recent games.
Jahrome Hughes has also been named to return to Craig Bellamy's starting 17 after missing out on Magic Round due to a calf injury. Cooper Johns will revert back to the bench after stepping in as halfback for the first time this season.
Alongside Johns, new recruit Alec MacDonald will return to the bench following a successful stint in the purple jersey in the opening six rounds of the 2022 season. As a development list player, MacDonald is now eligible for selection without exemption from Round 11 onwards.
Dean Ieremia will also remain on the interchange.
Kick-off is at 5.45pm.
Watch live on Fox Sports and Kayo.
Match: Cowboys v Storm
Round 11 -
Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Scott DrinkwaterFullback for Storm is number 2 Nick Meaney
Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle FeldtWinger for Storm is number 5 Xavier Coates
Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Valentine HolmesCentre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Peta HikuCentre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray TaulagiWinger for Storm is number 15 Dean Ieremia
Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Tom DeardenFive-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Chad TownsendHalfback for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Jordan McLeanProp for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece RobsonHooker for Storm is number 10 Brandon Smith
Prop for Cowboys is number 16 Coen HessProp for Storm is number 17 Tui Kamikamica
2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Tom Gilbert2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Jeremiah Nanai2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason TaumaloloLock for Storm is number 13 Josh King
Interchange for Cowboys is number 10 Reuben CotterInterchange for Storm is number 1 Tyran Wishart
Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Hamiso Tabuai-FidowInterchange for Storm is number 14 Alec MacDonald
Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Heilum LukiInterchange for Storm is number 16 Trent Loiero
Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Griffin NeameInterchange for Storm is number 18 Chris Lewis
Replacement for Cowboys is number 20 Connelly LemueluReplacement for Storm is number 21 Jordan Grant
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
- Senior Review Official: Adam Gee