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Storm make changes for nine absentees
Brett Anderson and Dane Nielsen will make their Melbourne debuts on the wing in Saturday night's NRL clash against St George Illawarra as the Storm were forced into a raft of changes to cover for their nine Origin absentees.
The Storm have six players in the Maroons side and three in the NSW lineup for Origin I in Sydney on May 21.
The Melbourne backline has been completely recast with five backs absent on rep duty.
Veteran utility Matt Geyer replaces Maroons captain Cameron Smith at hooker.
Melbourne: Steve Turner, Brett Anderson, Will Chambers, Sam Tagataese, Dane Nielsen, Russ Aitken, Cooper Cronk, Clifford Manua, Matt Geyer, Antonio Kaufusi, Jeremy Smith, Sika Manu, Aiden Tolman. Interchange: Liam Foran, Kevin Proctor, Scott Anderson, Sinbad Kali, Lucas Miller (one to be omitted).