|Inu (left) in 2008|
|Full name||Krisnan Nevada Inu|
|Nickname||Smiling Assassin, Kris|
17 March 1987 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||99 kg (15 st 8 lb)|
|Position||Centre, Wing, Fullback|
|As of 14 June 2011|
|Source: NRL Stats|
Krisnan Nevada Inu (born 17 March 1987) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the National Rugby League. A New Zealand national representative three-quarter back, he previously played for NRL cubs, the Parramatta Eels and New Zealand Warriors. Inu was a member of the 2008 World Cup-winning New Zealand team.
A Parramatta Eels junior, Inu made his first grade debut in the 2007 NRL season against the Canberra Raiders. After just one first grade match he was named to play for New Zealand in the ANZAC Day Test against Australia at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The Kangaroos ran out easy 30-6 winners over the Kiwis. After the test, Inu was dropped back to Premier League but returned to first grade through a series of injuries to regular players. Inu took on the kicking duties as Parramatta's primary kicker and full-back, Luke Burt, was injured mid-season. In 2007, along with Hayne, Inu was the Eels top try-scorer. Inu's successful season was recognised when he was nominated for Rookie of the Year at the 2007 Dally M awards, however the award went to Melbourne Storm centre Israel Folau.
In August 2008, Inu was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in October 2008, he was named in the final 24-man Kiwi squad. Inu only played one game in the World Cup, a 48-6 win over Papua New Guinea at the Robina Stadium on the Gold Coast where he kicked 6 of his 8 shots on goal. He was not selected for the World Cup Final at Suncorp Stadium where the Kiwis produced a boil over with a 34-20 win over Australia who were seeking their 7th straight World Cup.
After a 2-4 start to the 2009 season, the Eels decided to re-tool their line-up, dropping Inu to the New South Wales Cup, with Taulima Tautai replacing him for the Round 7 match against the Brisbane Broncos. However, Inu returned to first grade from Round 10 onwards and was a large part of the Eels run to the 2009 NRL Grand Final where they were beaten 23-16 by the Melbourne Storm (the Storm would eventually be stripped of both their 2007 and 2009 premierships due to salary cap breeches, with no NRL premier recorded for either season).
New Zealand Warriors
In May 2010, Inu signed a 3 year deal with the New Zealand Warriors from the 2011 NRL season. Inu helped the Warriors into the 2011 NRL Grand Final against the Manly Sea Eagles and had a mixed game. He put some big hits on opposing centre Steve Matai, and made a couple of what could have been telling line breaks, but bad handling each time handed the ball back to the Sea Eagles, who eventually ran out 24-10 winners over the gallant Warriors.
Inu was released by the Warriors in May 2012 so he could immediately join the Des Hasler coached Bulldogs. He signed with the Bulldogs until the end of the 2015 season. The move immediately paid dividends for Hasler as in his first appearance for the Bulldogs, Inu scored two tries and was named man-of-the-match.
- "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
- "Kiwis to wait on Webb and Matai". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- "Taylor, Inu out of Broncos-Eels clash". ABC News. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2009.[dead link]
- Parramatta stars Krisnan Inu and Feleti Mateo sign for New Zealand Warriors Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2010
- Inu leaves the Warriors to join Bulldogs New Zealand Herald, 24 May 2012