JAMES Roby is prepared to be met with a barrage of Brentisms now he is back in the England set-up.
And the man who will be delivering them is Ricky Gervais superfan James Graham.
St Helens hooker Roby is back in the picture after missing out on the Four Nations last year after being named in the World Cup squad.
He and the rest of Wayne Bennett’s English-based players landed yesterday in Perth, where they will play a warm-up game against a Combined Affiliated States side, made up of players from Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria, on Friday.
Waiting for him was former clubmate Graham, who he knows will have all kinds of Gervais quotes from TV shows The Office and Extras ready to go.
Prop Graham, who has moved from Canterbury Bulldogs to St George-Illawarra Dragons, once bamboozled an Australian TV reporter by singing part of a Des’ree song that David Brent once included in a cringeworthy moment from the comedy classic.
And Roby knows there will be more to come.
“He’ll have them lined up, won’t he,” said Roby.
“James has always been a big fan of The Office. At Saints, there were a few of us who were into it at the time.
“We were always going on about Ricky Gervais. James is your mastermind if you ever want to know about The Office.
“He’ll have his quotes ready to go and his football chants. He’s not changed and he never will, he is who he is.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him. We’re really close friends and he’s really doing well for himself.
Roby’s inclusion may not be a surprise to many fans after a brilliant end to the season that almost saw St Helens reach the Grand Final.
But the 31-year-old was shocked to receive the call from Jamie Peacock on Sunday, even if it did mean hastily moving to somewhere quiet.
Roby beat off competition from Warrington’s Daryl Clark, Hull’s Danny Houghton and Castleford’s Paul McShane to get the nod to most likely play off the bench as interchange to Josh Hodgson.
And son Ollie has been warned, dad will be keeping an eye on how he behaves.
“I knew the call was coming but I was busy when it came,” Roby added.
“I was just getting in the car outside my house. My son had been playing rugby and had two of his friends who came to ours afterwards.
“They were all screaming, it was a good job I could get out of the car actually as I wouldn’t have been able to hear anything.
“I knew I was in contention and that I was in with a chance but I wasn’t involved in the mid-season game or at the end of last year.
“So I was on the fence almost. I was hopeful but not expecting anything. To get the chance to play over in Australia is great. You never know, it might be my last chance to do so.
“But it was a good call to take. I’d told my son a couple of days before that I’ll be finding out soon and if I’m in, I’ll be going away for a bit, so I need you to behave for mum.
“He’ll be all right. My wife will probably be pulling her hair out by the end, though!”
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