There have been several late changes by the red and blues heading into Round 19 against the Melbourne Storm, with new signing Chris Adams coming onto the bench for his first match back in the NRL.

Fullback Dane Gagai has also been ruled out due to quad soreness following State of Origin on Wednesday night.

Newcastle Knights

18. Pat Mata’utia, 2. Nathan Ross, 3. Brendan Elliot, 4. Peter Mata’utia, 5. Jake Mamo, 6. Jarrod Mullen, 7. Trent Hodkinson (c), 8. Robbie Rochow, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Korbin Sims, 11. Sione Mata’utia, 12. Mitch Barnett, 13. Jeremy Smith (c). Interchange: 14. Josh King, 15. Sam Mataora, 16. Daniel Saifiti, 21. Chris Adams.

Melbourne Storm

18. Cameron Munster, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Cheyse Blair, 24. William Chambers, 5. Marika Koroibete, 6. Blake Green, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith, 16. Matt White, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 1. Young Tonumaipea, 10. Felise Kaufusi, 14. Kenny Bromwich, 15. Christian Welch.

The match kicks off at 2pm at Hunter Stadium.