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Bromwich injury tough for Storm to cover

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/03/2017 Melissa Woods

Melbourne will find out just how difficult it is to replace their very own ironman Jesse Bromwich, who has only missed two NRL games since 2011.

Bromwich will miss their round two clash with the Warriors in Auckland on Friday after his dislocated thumb pierced through his skin in their opening win over Canterbury.

Tim Glasby has been handed the No.8 jersey to replace Bromwich in the starting line-up.

The talent of the athletic Kiwi Test prop is obvious on the field but Bromwich's value extends to his incredible durability.

The 27-year-old made his NRL debut in 2010 and has played 160 games, winning the club's best and fairest for the last three years

He missed their round 24 clash in 2014 for the birth of his second child, while his last game out injured was in round 26, 2011.

"He's been unbelievably resilient for a front-rower," Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.

"He's certainly going to be a big loss for us."

Bellamy said it would take more than just Glasby to replace Bromwich and called on some of the younger members of the team to step up for the two weeks he is expected to be sidelined.

"Last week some of our younger blokes played a lot more time than they were used to and they will have to do that again until Jess comes back," the coach said.

"Hopefully they will be able to repeat their performance this week and if they do we will be in pretty good stead."

Second-rower Joe Stimson is a chance to make his NRL debut having been selected on an extended six-man bench along with former Rooster Vincent Leuluai and ex-Raider Mark Nicholls.

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