Melbourne Storm is set to regain key front-rower Nelson Asofa-Solomona and fullback Nick Meaney for the annual ANZAC Day match against the NZ Warriors on Tuesday night.
On the way back after injuring his knee in the round two loss to Canterbury, Asofa-Solomona has been named in Storm’s starting pack, replacing the suspended Tui Kamikamica, who will also miss the Magic Round clash with South Sydney.
Meaney, Storm’s leading pointscorer in 2023, regains the No.1 jersey after missing last week’s loss to Manly when he experienced delayed concussion symptoms following the Roosters game in round six.
Cameron Munster reverts to his usual five-eighth role with rookie Jonah Pezet dropping back to the extended interchange bench.
The ANZAC game will also see Storm defend the Mick Moore Trophy, which honours the club’s former football manager who passed away at age 35 in Auckland 23 years ago.
The Warriors come into ANZAC Round as one of the form teams in the NRL, with five wins in the opening seven rounds lifting them to third place, two points ahead of Melbourne.
This will be the 50th meeting overall between the Trans-Tasman rivals with Storm currently leading the head-to-head 31-16 with two draws.
Kickoff is at 7pm following the traditional ANZAC Day ceremony which gets underway at 6.36pm.
Match: Storm v Warriors
Round 8 -
Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nick MeaneyFullback for Warriors is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Winger for Storm is number 2 Will WarbrickWinger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Centre for Storm is number 3 Reimis SmithCentre for Warriors is number 3 Marcelo Montoya
Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin OlamCentre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
Winger for Storm is number 5 Xavier CoatesWinger for Warriors is number 5 Edward Kosi
Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron MunsterFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Dylan Walker
Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome HughesHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian WelchProp for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry GrantHooker for Warriors is number 9 Freddy Lussick
Prop for Storm is number 17 Tariq SimsProp for Warriors is number 10 Jazz Tevaga
2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Trent Loiero2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jackson Ford
2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Eliesa Katoa2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Marata Niukore
Lock for Storm is number 13 Josh KingLock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu Harris
Interchange for Storm is number 8 Nelson Asofa-SolomonaInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Bayley Sironen
Interchange for Storm is number 14 Bronson GarlickInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Josh Curran
Interchange for Storm is number 19 Aaron PeneInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Bunty Afoa
Interchange for Storm is number 20 Tyran WishartInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Tom Ale
Replacement for Storm is number 18 Grant AndersonReplacement for Warriors is number 18 Viliami Vailea
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Touch Judge: Peter Gough
- Senior Review Official: Ben Cummins