Kiwi power on show in Storm v Roosters clash
Kiwi talent is set to take centre stage when the Storm take on the Roosters this Sunday afternoon at AAMI Park.
A total of 10 players who were part of the New Zealand squad for last month's mid-year Test will take part in the contest.
The Roosters, who have won five of their past six games, have six Kiwi internationals in their starting side.
Sonny Bill Williams leads a contingent of players from across the ditch that includes Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Rodger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Moa and Frank-Paul Nuuausala. All quality players and each with the potential to pose significant headaches for the men in purple.
The Storm boast four players of their own from the New Zealand camp.
Jesse Bromwich, Kevin Proctor and Tohu Harris all played in the May Test while Kenny Bromwich was named 18th man.
Kenny says coming up against their fellow countrymen coincides with the Storm's biggest test of the season.
"Yeah I am saying it probably would be," Bromwich told NRL.com.
"They've got a pretty good forward pack. It would have to be one of our toughest challenges so far."
The younger Bromwich has started to make a name for himself in his own right this season.
He has played every game in 2014 for Melbourne, following up from his breakout period last year in which he played the final eight games of the season.
In just his second season in the NRL, Bromwich recalls his selection in the New Zealand squad with great fondness.
"I did have a lot of pride. I am proud of where I'm from, I'm a proud Kiwi and I'm Kiwi-hard," said Bromwich.
"It was a good experience having my brother there… It was good to see how everyone else goes about their business too.
"I was very proud of that and just tried to do whatever I could to help the boys out."
Bromwich has come off the bench in all 11 games for the Storm this season, averaging 69 metres and 21 tackles per match.
The 22-year-old admits the opportunity to play with his brother at the top level truly is something special.
"We didn't get to play much at junior level so to play here, I am still buzzing a bit," said Bromwich.
"He is always good to have here – he knows how to rev me up and he's always having a word to me on the field.
"It is just good to have him around."
Kenny may be biding his time on the bench for now but given that Sunday will mark his 20th consecutive game for the Storm it may well be a matter of time before the younger Bromwich joins the elder in that starting side.
Regardless, Sunday is set to showcase some of the best talent New Zealand has to offer, which means plenty of aggression, passion and hopefully fireworks.
Kickoff is at 3pm at AAMI Park.