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Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named a 19-man squad for this weekend's round 18 NRL Telstra Premiership clash against the Canberra Raiders. The Storm (9-7) takes on the Raiders (8-7) at Olympic Park in Melbourne on Saturday, July 9th at 7:30pm.
After last weekend?s sensational win against the Bulldogs at the Sydney Showground, Bellamy has made two changes to the starting line-up as well as adding an extra body to the interchange bench. Matt King and Cameron Smith will return from Origin duty in place of last weekend's man-of-the-match Greg Inglis and Nathan Friend respectively, both taking their places on an extended interchange bench. Antonio Kaufusi also takes his place on the bench while Tevita Metuisela and Jeremy Smith return to their feeder clubs.
The Raiders sit in 9th place on the Telstra Premiership Table after coming off a win over the Panthers (22-14) last weekend. The Storm, in 6th position, comes off an away win against the Bulldogs (33-6).
Squad for Saturday's game:
1. Billy Slater 2. Matt Geyer 3. Steve Bell 4. Matt King 5. Jake Webster 6. Cooper Cronk 7. Matt Orford 8. Robbie Kearns (c) 9. Cameron Smith 10. Ian Donnelly 11. David Kidwell 12. Glen Turner 13. Dallas Johnson
Jamie McDonald: season (knee)
Steve Turner: season (foot)
Scott Hill: 3 weeks (ankle)
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