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 the opening match in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations Championship.
He was a sizeable contributor to England’s ultimate Grand Slam achievement with crucial lineout steals and all-round excellence. George won 33 lineouts in the Six Nations – more than any other player and showed his qualities as an accomplished exponent in that area and as a leader in the series win over Australia in June last year. George underwent ankle surgery that October and missed the opening two matches in the Old Mutual Wealth Series but made a swift recovery and returned to England’s starting side against Argentina the following month. After playing against Australia last December, he was ruled out of the 2017 Six Nations by knee surgery but appeared in five matches for the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand last summer, including the first Test at Auckland.
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 has figured in 95 Premiership games and bagged five tries, including one against Bristol Rugby in his second appearance last season.
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), Arg, A, 2017 Arg
Lions: 2017 NZ(1)
Last updated: 12 November 2017