MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16: Billy Slater of the Storm lands on his shoulder during the World Club Challenge match between the Melbourne Storm and the Leeds Rhinos at AAMI Park on February 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater has been ruled out of the Round 1 clash against the Bulldogs in Perth.

Slater was ruled out as a precaution after suffering a shoulder injury during the Storm’s World Club Challenge match.

“Billy trained very well on Friday, however, has pulled up a little sore since the session,” Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said.

“Billy and the medical staff have decided to take the cautious approach and therefore he won’t play this Saturday.

“Scans have shown no structural damage, so we don’t expect Billy to be sidelined for long.”

“While I was very close to playing this weekend, I wanted to ensure I was ready and prepared to step onto the field for an NRL match and for what is a long and rigorous season, taking this precaution is the best course of action,” Slater said about missing the match.

The Storm will also be without backup fullback Jahrome Hughes who is also currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Head coach Craig Bellamy will name his 21-man squad for the match on Tuesday at 4pm.


  1. Will be interesting if Munster plays fullback and the Storm have two rookie halves. I suppose the two rookie halves know each others game but have they got the nerve against a new Bulldog coached team?

    • Looks like prophet WoodChook Damus prophecy has been fulfilled. Now for my next prophecy. Two rookie halves spells victory for the Dogs.

  2. I don’t think Slater will see out the season – sounds like his shoulder is gone. Reminds me of Sterlo when his shoulder was busted. He desperately wants to play, but his body is not up to it any more. The Storm need him to bring through the younger guys – but I don’t think it will be mentoring ON the field.

  3. That is sad news because I would like to see the Dogs play the best available Storm side to see how they go. I can’t really complain in the end because a win is a little easier to come by but beating a best available side is obviously the best thing for the Dogs.

  4. I would be aiming at his shoulder every chance I got.
    Don’t think it will hold up for the season.

  5. dogs @ $3.30 is good value ill put $200 on them to win $660 with all the emotions due to club legend steve folks the dogs will come out on all 8 cylinders & will beat the storm there trials form has been good a good test for them but dean pay will get his 1st nrl win over the master in craig bellamony that tought him everything

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