Krisnan Inu

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Krisnan Inu
Krisnan Inu 2013 (2).JPG
Inu in 2013
Personal information
Full name Krisnan Nevada Inu
Nickname Smiling Assassin, Kris
Born (1987-03-17) 17 March 1987 (age 28)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 99 kg (15 st 8 lb)
Playing information
Rugby league
Position Centre, Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–10 Parramatta Eels 78 37 60 0 268
2011–12 NZ Warriors 21 12 0 0 48
2012–14 Canterbury Bulldogs 40 16 70 2 206
Total 139 65 130 2 522
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–13 New Zealand 6 1 13 0 30
2014 Samoa 1 0 6 0 12
Rugby union
Position Fullback, Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014– Stade Français 10 4 0 0 20
As of 24 January 2015
Source: NRL Stats[1]

Krisnan Nevada Inu (born 17 March 1987) is a New Zealand professional rugby union player for Stade Français of the Top 14. Previously, he was a rugby league footballer for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, the Parramatta Eels and New Zealand Warriors of the National Rugby League. Inu was a member of the 2008 World Cup-winning New Zealand team.

Playing career[edit]

Parramatta Eels[edit]

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 Round 25 Inu scored three tries and kicked seven goals in Parramatta's 46-point win over Brisbane.[2] 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. Inu did receive the 2007 Parramatta Eels season's rookie of the year award.[citation needed]

In August 2008, Inu was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[3] and in October 2008, he was named in the final 24-man Kiwi squad.[4]

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.[5] 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 breaches, with no NRL premier recorded for either season).[citation needed]

New Zealand Warriors[edit]

In May 2010, Inu signed a 3 year deal with the New Zealand Warriors from the 2011 NRL season.[citation needed]

Inu's up-and-down tenure at the Warriors was curtailed in May 2012 with his release and immediate signing with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.[6]

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs[edit]

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.[7]

In October and November 2013, Inu represented New Zealand at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.[citation needed]

In May 2014, Krisnan played for Samoa in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League International. Krisnan converted all of Samoa's 5 tries and 1 penalty goal in Samoa's 32-16 win.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/players/krisnan-inu/summary.html
  2. ^ "Parramatta 68 v Brisbane 22". Rugby League Tables. stats.rleague.com. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Kiwis to wait on Webb and Matai". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Taylor, Inu out of Broncos-Eels clash". ABC News. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Parramatta stars Krisnan Inu and Feleti Mateo sign for New Zealand Warriors Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2010
  7. ^ Inu leaves the Warriors to join Bulldogs New Zealand Herald, 24 May 2012

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