The long-term injury to Ryan Papenhuyzen has led to a backline reshuffle for Melbourne Storm for the NRL Round 19 match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Accor Stadium on Saturday night.
Papenhuyzen underwent surgery on his fractured kneecap yesterday and is not expected to return in the 2022 season.
With Storm’s top try scorer for the season unavailable, Nick Meaney will return to the No.1 jersey he has worn on five previous occasions in his first season in Melbourne, while Tyran Wishart has been named to start on the wing for the first time.
Outside back Grant Anderson is set to make his return from an elbow injury on the interchange.
Saturday’s game will be Jahrome Hughes’ 100th in the NRL, with the halfback making 98 appearances for Storm to add to solo games for the North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans.
Match: Rabbitohs v Storm
Round 19 -
Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell MitchellFullback for Storm is number 1 Nick Meaney
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex JohnstonWinger for Storm is number 2 Dean Ieremia
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Jed CartwrightCentre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Isaiah TassCentre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Jaxson PauloWinger for Storm is number 14 Grant Anderson
Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody WalkerFive-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Lachlan IliasHalfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita TatolaProp for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien CookHooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Mark NichollsProp for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Keaon Koloamatangi2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jai Arrow2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron MurrayLock for Storm is number 13 Josh King
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Kodi NikorimaInterchange for Storm is number 5 Tyran Wishart
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Davvy MoaleInterchange for Storm is number 15 Tui Kamikamica
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Siliva HaviliInterchange for Storm is number 16 Alec MacDonald
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Thomas BurgessInterchange for Storm is number 21 Tom Eisenhuth
Replacement for Rabbitohs is number 18 Daniel Suluka-FifitaReplacement for Storm is number 20 Young Tonumaipea
- Referee: Todd Smith
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Senior Review Official: Adam Gee