Late Mail: Backrower joins bench in first NRL game for 2018

Nathan Brown has finalised his Round 15 side to face the Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium. Backrower Sam Stone will make his first NRL appearance of the season, promoted to the bench in place of Jacob Lillyman.

The 20-year-old recently returned from a shoulder injury in the Intrust Super Premiership and joins the first-grade side after an abdominal strain ruled Lillyman out on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Brock Lamb and Brent Naden have been omitted from the side.

TEAM

1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Ken Sio 3. Sione Mata'utia 4. Cory Denniss 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Connor Watson 7. Jack Cogger 8. Herman Ese'ese 9. Slade Griffin 10. Josh King 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitch Barnett 13. Aidan Guerra © 14. Danny Levi 15. Chris Heighington 16. Luke Yates 19. Sam Stone

Sunday June 17 – Round 15
Kick-off: 2pm
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium