Storm coach Craig Bellamy has made a number of changes to his squad for the Beanies for Brain Cancer Round match against Manly on Thursday night.
Chris Lewis has been selected in the starting back-row, replacing Felise Kaufusi who is unavailable after travelling to the United States to be with his father who is hospitalised in Los Angeles.
It will be Lewis’s first start of 2022 following 10 consecutive games on the interchange bench.
Five-eighth Cameron Munster (AC joint irritation) has been named in the No.6 jersey with a final decision on his fitness to be made closer to gameday.
Jayden Nikorima is on standby, named in the No.14 jersey as he closes in on what would be a Storm debut.
Storm’s other Representative Round players have all been included in the squad of 22, with Kiwi hooker Brandon Smith set to play his 100th game for Melbourne – the 40th player to reach that milestone for Storm.
Smith will wear the No.13 jersey against the Sea Eagles.
Both Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Tui Kamikamica have been named on the interchange bench with Josh King set to start in the front-row
The other withdrawal from the Storm team that defeated the Brisbane Broncos in round 15 is bench forward Trent Loiero, who has a back complaint.
Ryan Papenhuyzen has been named on the extended bench as he gets closer to playing his first NRL match since round nine after being hit with knee and hamstring injuries, as well as a bout of COVID, while Tom Eisenhuth, who has overcome his calf injuries, could also return to the 17 for the first time in 2022.
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Match: Sea Eagles v Storm
Round 16 -
Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Reuben GarrickFullback for Storm is number 19 Ryan Papenhuyzen
Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason SaabWinger for Storm is number 1 Nick Meaney
Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Morgan HarperCentre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Tolutau KoulaCentre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Christian TuipulotuWinger for Storm is number 5 Grant Anderson
Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran ForanFive-Eighth for Storm is number 14 Jayden Nikorima
Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-EvansHalfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Sean KeppieProp for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan CrokerHooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Toafofoa SipleyProp for Storm is number 15 Tui Kamikamica
2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Chris Lewis
2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Andrew Davey2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake TrbojevicLock for Storm is number 13 Brandon Smith
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan WalkerInterchange for Storm is number 2 Dean Ieremia
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Josh SchusterInterchange for Storm is number 10 Josh King
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Martin TaupauInterchange for Storm is number 17 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela PasekaInterchange for Storm is number 18 Alec MacDonald
Replacement for Sea Eagles is number 18 Ben TrbojevicReplacement for Storm is number 20 Tyran Wishart
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Darian Furner
- Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
- Senior Review Official: Adam Gee