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Storm prop Jesse Bromwich is bracing for a physical battle with the Sharks in Round 26.

Melbourne Storm prop Jesse Bromwich and reserve five-eighth Ryley Jacks are still an outside chance to face the Brisbane Broncos in their Round 3 Telstra Premiership clash at AAMI Park on Thursday night.

Bromwich and Jacks survived the first cut as Storm coach Craig Bellamy reduced his squad from 21 to 19 players, with Mark Nicholls and Young Tonumaipea missing out this week.

Kiwis prop Bromwich could make an earlier than expected return from a dislocated thumb injury, while Jacks was impressive for the Storm in the first two rounds of the season but has made way for returning fullback Billy Slater, with Cameron Munster moving to the halves.

As part of the new NRL team lists process introduced this season, all NRL clubs name a 21-man squad at 4.00pm AEDT every Tuesday before reducing that squad to 19 players 24 hours before kick-off. The 19 players must only come from the 21 initially named.

The 19-man squad is then reduced to a playing 17 one hour before kick-off. Again, the 17 players must only come from the 19 named.

Clubs may ask the NRL for an exemption to include any players who were not previously named in the 21 or 19 man squads. Gold Coast plan to do this for new signing Dale Copley, who was only confirmed as a Titan today, and was therefore not named in their 21-man squad on Tuesday.

The Broncos have omitted George Fai and Jonus Pearson from their reserves list, with remaining reserves Benji Marshall and David Mead still a chance to make the final 17 against the Storm on Thursday night.

All 21, 19 and 17-player squads will be available on every round of the season.

Official NRL team lists page


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