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George ready to Kruis at sunset after the Barbarians swan song at Twickenham

George Kruis admits his swansong career to Twickenham Sunday could prove to be an emotional occasion.

former England and Saracens lock will hang up his crampons after a final run-out with the Barbarians against his former international teammates.

At just 32 years old, Kruis made the decision to quit the game relatively early and focus on his business interests.

Kruis (left) earned 45 caps for England and appeared in the 2019 World Cup final (Ashley Western/PA)

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For someone capable of such a balanced choice, the small matter of playing rugby one last time does not in itself risk disturbing him emotionally.

Still, with a large group of family and friends in attendance, he admits it could be a different story.

“I probably don’t have too many emotions as a person myself, but having around 80 friends or family watching, I’m sure it will be emotional,” said 2019 World Cup finalist Kruis who spent the last two years with a Japanese club. Panasonic Wild Knights.

“And I appreciate that rugby can bring experiences to other people or bring people out of the house.

“That side will be a bit emotional but, in terms of playing one last game, I don’t think it should be too much.


A player would always want to play for the Barbarians and having it be my last game will be pretty cool.

George Kruis

“I love it. It will be a great memory. I’m lucky enough to have had a good career and to have so many family and friends who came to watch my last game.

“A player would always want to play for the Barbarians and for it to be my last game, that would be pretty good.”

Kruis, who has won 45 England caps, will now devote more time to his development CBD and vitamin supplement company.

He hasn’t completely closed the door on a return to the game, but he feels it’s definitely a good time to move on.

Kruis will team up with Will Skelton for the final time (David Davies/PA)

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“I would never say never, but the last year has been tough, really trying to focus on something outside of rugby as well as inside,” said Kruis, who will line up second alongside his former Saracens teammate Will. Skelton, the Australian, in a team otherwise dominated by Grand Slam winners France.

“Over the course of a season you start to see the effects of trying to juggle a few things full time.

“So I would never say never but I wouldn’t do it with anything else.”

George ready to Kruis at sunset after the Barbarians swan song at Twickenham

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