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Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named a 19-man squad for this weekend's Easter Sunday clash against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval. The Storm, which is seeking its third straight win after beating the Knights and the Dragons in the first two games of the Telstra Premiership season, was forced to make two changes to its unbeaten line-up, with prop Alex Chan (suspended for two games) and second rower Dennis Scott (knee) unavailable. Squad for Sunday's game: 1. Billy Slater, 2. Matt Geyer, 3. Steve Bell, 4. Matt King, 5. Jake Webster, 6. Scott Hill, 7. Matt Orford, 8. Robbie Kearns (c), 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Brett White, 11. David Kidwell, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Dallas Johnson. Interchange: 14. Antonio Kaufusi, 15. Glen Turner, 16. Cooper Cronk, 17. Jamie McDonald, 18. Ian Donnely, 19. Nathan Friend. Coach: Craig Bellamy.
In other news:
Melbourne Storm has advised the NRL judiciary that it will not contest the striking charge against prop Alex Chan arising from last Saturday's 48-12 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons in Wollongong. As a result of the early guilty plea, Chan, 30, will be suspended from the Storm's next two Telstra Premiership games, against the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval (Sydney) on Easter Sunday, and the visiting Brisbane Broncos at Olympic Park on Saturday, April 2.