RUGBY League legend Robbie Hunter-Paul has signed for Huddersfield YMCA!
And the former Bradford Bulls, Giants and New Zealand Test superstar will make his debut at centre for the Fourth XV against Ossett Seconds at Laund Hill today (2.15).
It will be the first time the 36-year-old has played a competitive game since retiring from rugby league with Leigh Centurions at the end of the 2011 season.
Playing for the YMCA at rugby union will help Hunter-Paul in his preparations for playing in the Dubai Sevens with his brother Henry for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation in the veterans competition next month.
But having now been registered as a YMCA player, there’s nothing to stop Hunter-Paul – who had a spell with RU giants Harlequins in 1996 – working his way up to the first team.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Hunter-Paul.
“It’s going to be a case of diving in at the deep end, because I’ve not trained with the side yet!
“But it’ll be a great way of keeping myself up to match speed and preparing for the trip to Dubai.
“Having said this, I am planning on playing for the YM on a regular basis, although that’ll obviously depend on my Giants commitments.
“One of the kitmen at the Giants, Tom Dalton, has close links with the YM and has been pestering me for some time to turn out for the club.
“So I owe it to Tom, if nothing else, to give it a really good go.”