Footy’s most magnificent mullet is BACK: Game’s unluckiest star set for return in major boost… but can his torrid run of injuries finally come to an end?

  • Ryan Papenhuyzen will play this weekend 
  • The Storm gun has had rotten luck with injuries 
  • His return is a huge boost for the Storm 

The most magnificent mullet in Melbourne is back, with the Storm naming Ryan Papenhuyzen to make his return from a small fracture in his fibula that has kept him sidelined for more than month.

In a round where most teams are ravaged by State of Origin, Papenhuyzen is one of several superstars back on deck, with the Storm fullback cleared to return for the heavyweight showdown with the Dolphins.

His return is a huge boost with Cameron Munster still out injured and Harry Grant and Xavier Coates on Origin duty, with excitement machine Sua Fa’alogo shifting to the wing for the trip to Queensland.

They face a Dolphins side that has the luxury of picking livewire fullback Trai Fuller in place of speedster Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow who scored the try of the year in Cronulla last week, while Tevita Pangai Junior has won a spot on the bench after returning from a failed stint in boxing.

The greatest mullet in footy is back, with Ryan Papenhuyzen selected by the Storm

The Melbourne gun has had a torrid run of injuries that have kept him sidelined

The Melbourne gun has had a torrid run of injuries that have kept him sidelined

The Roosters have shown faith in Brandon Smith, with the international hooker brought straight back in after he was stood down last week for missing a team meeting.

They’ll be without their Origin quartet but have still named a formidable squad to face a Bulldogs side that has named hulking winger Jeral Skelton but will be without Jacob Preston (foot).

There are a couple of key inclusions on the Gold Coast with the hosts naming David Fifita after he missed last week’s ugly loss to the Wests Tigers, while Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returns at centre for the Warriors after recovering from a hamstring injury.