PNG winger Olam named in Storms extended bench

Former PNG Hunters winger Justin Olam’s prospect of debuting for the Melbourne Storms this Sunday looks certain.

Olam was signed up by the Australia National Rugby League Club (NRL) this season.

He will be the second Papua New Guinean to wear the Storm colour, following another Storm’s legend Marcus Bai, if given the nod.

Bai is one of the inaugural Storm players who won a premiership with the club playing on the wing.   

He played 144 games for the club, scoring 70 tries over six seasons.

The clubs official website, stated that Melbourne Storm have been forced to make two changes to their starting side for Round 4 clash against Wests Tigers.

“Cameron Munster (broken jaw) and Suliasi Vunivalu (shoulder) will not make the trip to Leichhardt Oval but Craig Bellamy has several ready-made replacements to call upon.

“After coming off the bench in the win over the Broncos, Billy Slater will start at fullback while Vunivalu’s injury sees Victorian-born Young Tonumaipea given his opportunity on the wing.

“New recruit from Papua New Guinea Justin Olam could also be in line for an NRL debut after being named on an extended bench that also includes young playmaker Brodie Croft.”


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Charles Yapumi