Appearing in all five matches in the 2010 World Rugby Junior World Championship pointed the way ahead for George Kruis, one of the brightest young forward prospects in England, to become a member of the squad for the 2014 QBE Internationals and win his first four caps off the bench. His first start was against Wales in February 2015 when he formed a highly successful second-row partnership with David Attwood in the 21-16 win at Cardiff. George’s RWC debut was off the bench against Australia eight months later and scored his maiden Test try against Scotland in this year’s opening RBS 6 Nations Championship match against Scotland.
He was a sizeable contributor to England’s ultimate Grand Slam achievement with crucial line out steals and all-round excellence. George won 33 line outs in the Six Nations – more than any other player and showed his qualities as a line out exponent and leader in the series win over Australia this summer.
Educated at St John’s, Leatherhead, he learned the game at Dorking RFC from the age of seven and went on to represent London & SE U18. He made his debut for Saracens in the LV= Cup match against Northampton Saints at the end of 2009, having joined the club in July that year. He signed a multi-year contract extension in 2014/15 with Saracens and by the end of last season he had figured in 83 Premiership games and bagged four tries.
A versatile forward, George was born in Guildford and played twice during England’s U20 RBS 6 Nations campaign in 2010, coming off the bench against Italy and Ireland to underline his excellent form for Saracens in the A League. He was the side’s player of the season for 2009-10.
Mark Mapletoft, the U20 head coach at the time, said: “George was unlucky not to feature more for us during the Six Nations. He has been a consistent performer for Saracens and shown flexibility playing at No.6 and in the second row. His work rate is great and he's a good ball carrier.”
George was on loan to Bedford Blues for the 2010-11 Championship campaign and has also spent time with Barking. He signed an extended contract with Saracens in 2013 and, on his debut, helped England Saxons to beat Ireland Wolfhounds 14-10 in Galway in January 2014. He has played three times for the side.
5 points - 1T
2014 NZ(R), SA(R), Sam(R), A(R) 2015 W, It, I, F World Cup – A(R), U(R) 2016 S, It, I, W, F, A(1,2,3)
Last updated: 27 June 2016