Melbourne Storm are set to rest some of their biggest names in the final regular season round in a move that will have sweeping repercussions across the NRL.
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This masthead understands Nick Meaney, Cameron Munster and Harry Grant are among the big names set to be wrapped in cotton wool by the Storm heading into the final series, with Victorian junior Sualauvi Faalogo and schoolboy prodigy Jack Howarth among those in line to make their NRL debuts.
The Storm will also be without halfback Jahrome Hughes, who injured his knee at the weekend and is expected to be sidelined until at least the opening week of the finals.
Munster and Grant have carried nagging injuries through the latter stages of the season while Meaney’s likely absence means Ryan Papenhuyzen will step up his return from injury by starting at…