Second COVID case strikes Storm NRL ranks

Melbourne have been rocked by more COVID-19 drama ahead of their NRL blockbuster against Cronulla with Kenny Bromwich ruled out after contracting the virus.

The second-rower tested positive to the virus late on Friday night, just hours after his brother Jesse was also confirmed to have COVID-19.

They did not train with the Storm on Friday and the club is hopeful that the outbreak has just been restricted to the pair.

It marks the second game Jesse has missed due to the virus after also sitting out their round-one win over Wests Tigers as a close contact.

Brandon Smith had already been called into the Storm starting side to cover for Jesse, while Chris Lewis looms as the most likely man to come into the 17 for Kenny.

Cronulla have also endured COVID-19 issues, with second-rower Briton Nikora ruled out with the virus and Cameron McIness coming into the starting side.

Winger Sione Katoa has also been sidelined with a knee injury, with Mawene Hiroti taking his place.

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