Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk passed fit by Melbourne Storm

Last Updated: 10/02/13 2:49pm

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Billy Slater: Fit to take on the Rhinos in World Club Challenge at Headingley later this month

Billy Slater: Fit to take on the Rhinos in World Club Challenge at Headingley later this month

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Melbourne Storm have included 11 members of their Grand Final-winning team in a 21-man squad for this month's World Club Challenge against Leeds at Headingley.

Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk will all be part of a squad that flies out of Melbourne on Monday after overcoming injury concerns.

Smith will travel despite breaking his nose in the NRL All Stars clash in Brisbane on Saturday, while Cronk has recovered from a back injury.

Slater, meanwhile, has also proved his fitness following ankle and shoulder problems.

However, Matt Duffie, Kevin Proctor and Maurice Blair are all missing due to hamstring, knee and cheekbone injuries respectively.

Melbourne and Leeds have previously met twice in the World Club Challenge - 2008 and 2010 - with honours shared.

The squad arrive in London on Tuesday morning and will spend five days in the capital before travelling to Leeds ahead of the match on Friday, February 22.

An announcement on the future of coach Craig Bellamy is expected before the squad fly out.

Bellamy is out of contract at the end of the 2013 season and has been heavily courted by St George Illawarra.

Melbourne squad: Kenny Bromwich, Jesse Bromwich, Will Chambers, Cooper Cronk, Brett Finch, Mahe Fonua, Ben Hampton, Tohu Harris, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hoffman, Junior Moors, Bryan Norrie, Justin O'Neill, Jason Ryles, Junior Sa'u, Lagi Setu, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Siosaia Vave, Sisa Waqa, Gareth Widdop.

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