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George Edward John Kruis[1] (born 22 February 1990) is a professional rugby union player for England and Saracens in the Aviva Premiership.[2][3]

George Kruis
George Kruis.jpg
Birth nameGeorge Edward John Kruis[1]
Date of birth (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 29)
Place of birthGuildford, Surrey, England
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight123 kg (19 st 5 lb; 271 lb)
SchoolSt John's School, Leatherhead
UniversityUniversity of Hertfordshire
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Saracens
Youth Career
Dorking RFC
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009-2010 Barking RFC 9 15
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–
2011
Saracens
->Bedford Blues
157
6
(55)
(0)
Correct as of 1 September 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010
2013
2014–
2017
England U20
England A
England
British and Irish Lions
9
2
40
3
(5)
(0)
(15)
(5)
Correct as of 26 October 2019

He was born in Guildford, Surrey and was educated at Belmont Preparatory School, and St John's School, Leatherhead.[4] He played all of his youth rugby for Dorking RFC.

His primary position is as a second row, but he is also able to play at blindside flanker or at number 8. He is almost always used as a jumper in the line-out due to his height and athleticism.

Kruis was eligible to play for the Netherlands as his father, Leo, is Dutch.

Rugby careerEdit

Youth RugbyEdit

Kruis was a relatively late developer in both physique and rugby terms, not really coming into his own until his sixth form years at School. In the Spring of 2007 Kruis and his Dorking RFC U17 teammates won the U17 National Cup beating Altrincham Kersal in the Final at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. He continued his rapid ascent and enjoyed an exceptional season for the St John's, Leatherhead 1st XV in the Autumn/Winter 2007, being selected to captain Surrey U18s. With some strong showings for the county he impressed enough to gain selection for London and South East U18s in the annual Divisional tournament at Broadstreet RFC.[5] He started every game in the second row, captaining the team and scoring three tries in the final fixture against South West U18s.[6]

2008–09 SeasonEdit

He was offered a trial with Saracens in the summer of 2008. Having played in the A League fixtures, Kruis impressed and was kept on until the end of the 2008/09 season. He was also dual registered with Barking RFC during this season.[7] Later in the season he agreed a 2-year professional contract covering the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons. He joined Saracens full-time from 1 July 2009.

2009–10 SeasonEdit

In the 2009/10 season Kruis prospered under the trust shown in him by the Saracens staff. He made his debut in November 2009 in the LV= Cup against Northampton Saints[8] and was the standout player for the Saracens Storm (A Team) being awarded the Saracens Storm Player of the Year.[9] To cap this season off he made his debut for England U20 in the 2010 U20 RBS Six Nations coming off the bench against Italy and Ireland respectively.[10] He was then selected in the England U20 World Championship squad that travelled to Argentina.[11][12] He played in all five games, starting three (Ireland,[13][14] France,[15] South Africa) and coming on as a replacement in two (Argentina,[16] Australia[17]). England lost in the semi-finals to Australia and ended up coming 4th overall having lost to South Africa in the 3rd/4th playoff. Kruis was also duel registered with Barking RFC again.

2010–11 SeasonEdit

Kruis saw continued first team action in the 2010/2011 season, making his premiership debut against London Irish in the London Double Header.[18] Kruis also made his Heineken Cup debut playing in both the home and away fixtures against Racing Metro.[19][20] This promising season was put on hold when Kruis fracture-dislocated his right wrist playing in a Saracens Storm match in early January. After surgery and a prolonged period of rehabilitation he made a comeback in April playing for Bedford Blues in the culmination of the Championship season and the British and Irish Cup Final.[21] Kruis also signed a new deal with Saracens.[22]

2011–12 SeasonEdit

After a strong pre-season and with the Rugby World Cup in progress, Kruis has now grown into a secure first team player at the North London club. He has already made 14 first team appearances in the 2011 season to date (January 2012)[23][24][25] underlining his growing reputation within Saracens and England. Kruis started in the 'Big Game 4' against Harlequins at Twickenham. It was watched by 82,000 people, creating a new world record for the largest attended regular season rugby match in the world.[26] Kruis gained his first ever Aviva Premiership Man of the Match award against London Wasps on 12 February 2012, having been chosen by ESPN commentator Ben Kay.[27] Kruis then remarkably doubled this feat a week later when, against Leicester Tigers on 19 February 2012, he was awarded Man of the Match live on Sky Sports by commentator Stuart Barnes. Kruis finished off the season well for Saracens before playing in the Heineken Cup Quarter Final and Aviva Premiership Semi Final losses to Clermont Auvergne and Leicester Tigers respectively.

2012–2013 SeasonEdit

With Kruis having increased in bulk over the pre-season programme many[who?] were tipping him for further recognition; this was until he suffered a small tear to his medial ligament playing in the JP Morgan Premiership 7s event at the Stoop. After 10 weeks out injured, he was back into first team recognition. Playing at blindside flanker, Kruis was named Man of the Match against Munster in the Heineken Cup by Sky Sports analyst Stuart Barnes. His impressive form was noticed by the England coaching set up and he was duly called up to the England Saxons squad in January as an injury replacement for Tom Palmer.[28] Kruis was then subsequently picked to start, and make his Saxons debut, at blindside flanker against the Ireland Wolfhounds (Ireland A) in Galway on 25 January 2013.[29] England Saxons won the match 10–14. He has since been picked again at blindside flanker for the Saxons against Scotland A at Kingston Park, Newcastle on 1 February 2013.[30] Scotland A snatched the win 9–13 in an attritional contest.

International careerEdit

On 22 October 2014, Kruis was named in a 33-member England Performance Squad for the upcoming Autumn Internationals.

He made his international debut against New Zealand at Twickenham on 8 November 2014, coming on as a replacement.

When Eddie Jones took over as England's head coach, Kruis established himself as the country's first choice lock.[31] In the 2016 Calcutta Cup match in the 2016 6 Nations competition, Kruis scored the opening try against Scotland[32]

Kruis' international standing increased when he was selected for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand and named in the starting line-up for the First Test at Eden Park on Saturday 24 June.

International careerEdit

International triesEdit

As of 7 July 2019 [33]
Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result Score
1   Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield 2016 Six Nations 6 February 2016 Win 15 – 9
2   Italy London, England Twickenham Stadium 2019 Six Nations 9 March 2019 Win 57 – 14

ReferencesEdit

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