Lo looking forward to code switch in Europe

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By PARKER TAMBUA
PAPUA New Guinea Kumuls winger Garry Lo says switching from rugby league to rugby union in France will be a challenge – but one he is looking forward to.
The 26-year-old, who plays with French Elite One Championship team Carcassonne, signed a one-year contract with Rugby Pro Division Two side Sporting Club Albigeois earlier this month.
“I got a call from Albi (Albigeois) head coach and he asked me if I was interested to switch to rugby union and join them,” the former SP Hunter told The National on Sunday.
“In Europe, rugby union is bigger than rugby league, so I said ‘why not’.
“It was a great opportunity I couldn’t pass and I had to grab it with both hands.
“I did play rugby union back in high school but this is different now.
“It’s a professional team in France so I will have a lot to do to get up to speed with top-level rugby union.
“There are many challenges ahead for me but I’ll try to face them with a positive attitude.
“My contract is for one season which starts next month and ends in May next year.
“I will do what I do best and that is to keep scoring tries.
“I will run hard and try to remain consistent in every aspect of the game.”
The Western Highlander had a brief stint with English Super League side Castleford Tigers in 2018 before parting ways with the club.
He later returned home and played for Waghi Tumbe in the Digicel Cup before joining Carcassonne last year.
Lo also played a handful of Queensland Intrust Super Cup games for the Hunters late last year.

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