The big storyline in this Round 3 Telstra Premiership match is the return of Billy Slater for the Melbourne Storm against the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park.
Storm fullback Billy Slater says he's a mixture of nerves and excitement ahead of his first game in over 12 months, named to face the Broncos in Round 3.
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Teammates of Melbourne NRL star Billy Slater are excited at the prospect of the fullback's return, which could happen when the Storm host Brisbane.
With Billy Slater expected to make his long-awaited return on Thursday night, Broncos players are welcoming the challenge of coming up against the Storm legend.
The big blokes from another Cowboys-Broncos classic, Knights drought-breakers, Eels entertainers and Storm's two chief architects in the team of the week.
Melbourne Storm have announced their latest re-signings with Kenny Bromwich and Joe Stimson committing to the club.
Cameron Smith didn't give much thought to surpassing the 2,000 points mark, at least not until the messages started rolling in from Johnathan Thurston.
As a literal storm took hold across Auckland, the Melbourne variety proved just as destructive as they beat the Warriors 26-10 at Mount Smart Stadium.