Steve Menzies has a weekly piece in the SMH, Here is his 1st story Dear Matty, make sure you pack some boardshorts THERE are a couple of things I'm really looking forward to as I get settled in England. The first is pulling on the Bradford jersey for my Super League debut tomorrow (Australian time). And the other is seeing what Matt Orford is wearing when the Manly boys step off the plane here for the World Club Challenge against Leeds. I received an email from "Ox" during the week asking what the weather is like over here. One of the first things he asked was: "Do I need to bring boardshorts?" As I write this, I've taken a peek out the window of our Headingley home and all I can see is snow! It's about a foot deep on the ground, which is certainly a bit of a change from what Matty and I are used to on the northern beaches! In fact, they reckon it's the most snow they've had in February for about 20 years. Our first friendly (that's what they call trials over here) was a pretty interesting initiation to rugby league in England. We played Dewsbury, and it would have been about 3 degrees, with mud right up to your ankles. It's one of several things I'm getting used to. Another is pulling on the jumper. I must admit I did look a bit strange and felt a bit weird wearing after so many years playing for Manly. But I'm enjoying some new experiences. Like walking on snow or wearing a beanie to training every day! One thing that won't change is my trusty headgear. When I ran out for our second trial against Whitehaven, our prop Nick Scruton just kept staring at my head. Finally, in a thick northern accent, he said: "Ay laddy, that's a fine headgear indeed!" I scored a try in that game - I only had to run about eight metres - but the thing I remember most was the crowd and how vocal they were. I heard them start a chant and then they were singing all these songs. I couldn't really understand what they were saying at the time, but later one of the English boys said they were singing about me! We're playing Harlequins first up, and there will be plenty of familiar faces. Not only are there a lot of Aussies, there are a lot of ex-Manly boys in the London side. There's Chad Randall, Luke Dorn, Luke Williamson and Daniel Heckenberg. It's always a bit more fun playing against guys you know. I was on the phone to Chad the other day and told him we were doing videos on him out of dummy-half, but I couldn't tell him any more! That's it from me for now. I have to go and reply to Matty Orford's email. I'll tell him to pack a few pairs of boardies for the WCC. In fact, I'll be telling him that's all he needs.