Billy Walters set for NRL debut as Storm call in origin replacements

Alongside Walters, towering 197-centimetre prop Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, 19, will also make his debut off the bench after returning from injury earlier this season.

Fa’asuamaleaui has starred for feeder club Sunshine Coast Falcons and this week was called up to play for Queensland’s under-20 side to play New South Wales as the curtain-raiser next Wednesday night.

Winger Sandor Earl will make his long-awaited 50th NRL appearance as he replaces Addo-Carr in the starting side – Earl played a game earlier this season to break his six-year drought from first grade.

Former New Zealand centre Solomone Kata will make his Storm debut replacing Chambers, while Justin Olam has retained his place in the centres and Brandon Smith, Joe Stimson and Nelson Asofa-Solomona are set to start.

Jahrome Hughes returns from a back problem to start at full-back with Ryan Papenhuyzen, who ran for 251 metres and a try last week, joining Albert Vete on the bench.

Marion Seve, Harry Grant, Tom Eisenhuth and Max King are listed as the reserves. Seve missed out last week due to a shoulder injury but is available if needed.

King, a former Gold Coast player, would be making his Storm debut after he and Kata moved to the Storm last week ahead of the signing deadline.

The Storm play St George-Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Thursday at 7.50pm.


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