Krisnan Inu: Catalans Dragons centre excited by Challenge Cup

By Matt NewsumBBC Sport
Krisnan Inu
Krisnan Inu joined Catalans after a spell with French Top 14 champions Stade Francais

Kiwi centre Krisnan Inu is looking forward to his first experience of the Challenge Cup with Catalans Dragons after switching back to rugby league.

Inu, 28, spent the 2014-15 season in French rugby union with Top 14 champions Stade Francais, before last week's move to Catalans.

And he is in the squad for their quarter-final tie at Hull KR.

"I knew it was big, but I didn't realise how big until I came to this side of the world," Inu told BBC Sport.

"A lot of my friends in Super League were talking about it. I realise how big it is and it's good to be a part of."

The carrot for the Catalans in a place in the semi-finals, and the possibility of a return to Wembley for the first time since they lost to St Helens in the 2007 final.

They have not reached the last four since their defeat by Warrington in 2010.

Krisnan Inu
Inu played at Wembley in the 2011 Four Nations and the 2013 World Cup

"I played at Wembley with the Kiwis, we came there for the Four Nations, it's an awesome stadium," Inu said.

"It would be awesome to say I'd played there with Catalans."

Having made his name in the southern hemisphere National Rugby League with Parramatta Eels, New Zealand Warriors and Canterbury Bulldogs, Inu opted for a move to 'rugby', as union is referred to in that part of the world.

However, he made a seamless return to the 13-man code against Wakefield last Saturday, and marked his debut with a try in a 32-12 home win.

"I'm fortunate to be back, playing at the Dragons, and I got a try on my debut as well," Inu added.

"Down here the weather's good, most of the boys speak English, which is helpful because my French is hopeless.

"I enjoyed it very much [playing union], I'd been playing professional league for a few years but having a chance to come over and play rugby was fun."

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