CHRIS THORMAN is warning new Huddersfield Giants half-back partner Robbie Paul not to expect a friendly welcome when the duo meet for the first time since the Kiwi's signing at Warrington on Sunday!
England captain Thorman will lead his side into battle against a New Zealand team including Paul in the representantive clash at the Halliwell Jones Stadium (2.15).
The Giants stand-off admits he is delighted Paul has moved from Bradford Bulls and will be his new scrum half partner.
But he has made it clear there will be no backing off when they do battle this weekend.
"Robbie is a fantastic signing for us and I can't wait to start working with him," said Thorman.
"We've not had the chance to speak to each other yet because of our international commitments.
"Sunday is the chance to do that, but that comes after the game.
"I'm sure we'll exchange a few words on the field, but I don't think they'll be very friendly or be anything to do with the Giants!
"Robbie, like myself, will be looking to put in a big game on Sunday in the hope of being added to the Tri-Nations squad for the following week.
"That's the only thing that will be on our minds.
"But after the match, I'm really looking forward to having a good, friendly chat with him."