NRL 2021: NZ Warriors star Addin Fonua-Blake selected against Melbourne Storm

Blockbuster forward Addin Fonua-Blake is in line to make his long-awaited return from injury against Melbourne Storm in Gosford on Sunday.

The marquee off-season signing hasn't played since the round four clash against Sydney Roosters, when he was forced from the field with a leg injury.

The 25-year-old will now look to retake the field and build on his irresistible early season momentum, named to an extended bench against the defending NRL premiers.

NRL 2021: NZ Warriors star Addin Fonua-Blake selected against Melbourne Storm
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In the backs, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returns to his regular fullback role in the absence of breakout rookie Reece Walsh, who's serving a one-match ban for dangerous contact.

The match also marks a milestone for Tuivasa-Sheck, who'll become the second Warriors player to captain the side in 100 games, joining stalwart Simon Mannering.

Also serving a suspension is centre Adam Pompey, with Rocco Berry back from a two-game absence through concussion to serve as his replacement.

Edward Kosi moves into the run-on side to start on the right wing.

The forward pack has been reshuffled, with Leeson Ah Mau shifting into the starting front row, Tohu Harris switching to the second row with Bayley Sironen - who is back from injury - while Josh Curran has been named at the back of the scrum.

Coming off a bye week, the ninth-placed Warriors will look to push their way back into the top eight against the Storm, who currently sit second on the NRL ladder.

The Victorians will also be boosted by the return of Josh Addo-Carr, Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi, Christian Welch and Harry Grant, who will all back up from State of Origin duty.

Join us at 4pm Sunday for live updates of the NRL clash between NZ Warriors and Melbourne Storm