London Irish outside back Curtis Rona is raring to go on Saturday evening when London Irish entertain Scarlets at Madejski Stadium in the final pool match of the European Challenge Cup (kick-off 8pm).

It has been a testing few weeks for the club, however Rona and his team-mates are working hard to turn a corner following defeats in the Premiership and Europe.

“The start of the New Year has been better; we have come together to get our game plan back on track and our season back on track” said Rona.

“We’ve come together over the last couple of weeks and we are desperate to get back playing how we started the season and back to winning ways.”

It is the first time in his career that he has played over the festive season, he is usually in the off-season preparing for the campaign ahead.   

“It is definitely the first time in my career playing over the Christmas period, I’m usually with family and friends enjoying the break.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s match, the Australia international is expecting a challenging encounter, with the visitors having it all to play for.

“They are looking to progress into the finals, and we are looking to get a solid win against a strong Scarlets team, so it is going to be a good clash that I’m looking forward to.”

Away from the field, the move to the UK has seen a big adjustment for Curtis and his family, but one that has so far been fairly seamless.

“It’s been good, my kids are at school and my wife has settled in, she has become friends with all the players wives and partners which is great.

“It makes it a lot easier for me training knowing she has got people she can talk to whenever she needs if I’m not there, so it has been a good transition for us.

“I’m not sure if you can ever get used to this weather, but we are taking it in, it is a new experience for us, and we are really enjoying it.”

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