Melbourne Storm 2021 TV schedule, squad and team guide
With some expecting them to slide last year, the Storm simply responded with another premiership.
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Melbourne Storm are entering the era of LWCS – life without Cameron Smith. The 430-game veteran and future Immortal won't be running out for the Storm for the first time since 2002 after announcing his retirement on the eve of the season. It's obviously a massive loss but we're not about to write off Craig Bellamy's well-drilled side.
Bellamy always finds a way to get the best out of his players and this season should be no exception. Sure Smith is gone but his namesake Brandon Smith comes into the starting side at hooker following a knee injury to Maroons rake Harry Grant.
Along with Smith, premiership heroes Suliasi Vunivalu, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, Paul Momirovski, Albert Vete, Ricky Leutele and Sandor Earl have all left the club. Reimis Smith (Bulldogs) and George Jennings (Eels) are the new signings. Expect the Storm to be in the thick of the finals and pushing hard for their fifth premiership.
How to watch Melbourne Storm NRL matches
In 2021, 14 of the Storm's 24 fixtures will be available on Channel 9, while 10 are exclusive to Fox League. So dedicated fans might want to look into getting a paid subscription to Kayo Sports, Foxtel or Foxtel Now. That way, you won't miss a minute of the action.
Kayo Sports is one of the most accessible options currently available. With subscriptions starting at $25 a month, the service gives users access to more than 50 sports. Not only that, but you can enjoy a 14-day free trial, a user-friendly interface and features like SplitView and Interactive Stats, meant to make sports streaming as fun as possible.
Check out our Kayo vs Foxtel guide for more information that will help you figure out which provider is a better fit for you.
Still undecided? We have a comprehensive guide on how to stream the 2021 NRL season, which includes a full breakdown of providers to help you make a more informed decision.
Watch Melbourne Storm matches overseas
Storm fans don't have to miss games when travelling outside Australia. Whether you're going on vacation or scheduling a business trip, Watch NRL lets you enjoy matches via the Internet without breaking the bank. We have a full guide on how to stream the 2021 NRL season from overseas.
When do Melbourne Storm play next?
You can see the complete NRL draw here.
Melbourne Storm squad
Melbourne Storm history
The Storm were founded in 1997 and entered the NRL in 1998. Since their inception, they have won premierships in 1999, 2012, 2017 and 2020. The team's worst season was in 2010, when they were awarded their only wooden spoon.
They will be chasing back-to-back titles after defeating Penrith in last year's grand final to claim their fourth NRL premiership. Craig Bellamy has been coaching the squad since 2003. The Storm play their home games at AAMI Park.
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