KEVIN BROWN is determined to prove he can form a winning half-back partnership with Luke Robinson.
The duo face their first major test of the year at Catalans Dragons in the South of France on Saturday.
Had Australian star Todd Carney not had his visa application blocked, he would have played alongside Robinson, with Brown in the centres.
But now Brown will start at No6 and as the squad left for France today he said: “It was obviously a blow not to get Todd, because he’s a fantastic player. But, to be honest, it’s been business as usual since we heard the news.
“Robbo and myself were working well together in pre-season training before we knew Todd wouldn’t be coming and I believe we’ve worked just as well since.
“And I also felt we did well in the pre-season games.
“I personally felt really comfortable and I’m feeling confident we can make a positive impression this season, starting at Catalans on Saturday.
“It’s obviously a very tough start for us, but after such a fantastic pre-season and two very solid trial games we can’t wait to get cracking.”