COOPER Cronk will miss Melbourne's NRL grand final rematch with Cronulla on Thursday night as the State of Origin workload takes its toll.

Cronk arrived to train with the Storm for the first time since Friday's 40-12 flogging of Newcastle, but Melbourne officials determined he needed a rest. Kiwi back-rower Tohu Harris will replace Cronk in the halves.

The top-of-the-table match would have been the Queensland halfback's third game in eight days, after Wednesday's high-paced 28-4 Origin loss to NSW.

Maroons centre Will Chambers was named on Wednesday night in Storm coach Craig Bellamy's 19-man squad, while captain Cameron Smith will return after being rested for the Newcastle clash.

"It is three games in eight days - that's a hectic schedule especially with a real quick Origin game," Bellamy said on Wednesday.

News Corp Australia


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