England lock George Kruis has today announced, on his 32nd birthday, that after a successful 13 year career he will be retiring from professional rugby as he looks to turn his focus completely to FourFiveCBD.
Kruis will be ending his illustrious 13 year rugby career, which has seen him play for England, the British & Irish Lions and Saracens, at the end of this season in Japan.
The lock will be fondly remembered for his part in a Grand Slam and another Six Nations triumph, four Premiership titles and three European Champions Cup conquests.
“My rugby career has been amazing, the friends and experiences I have made will shape the rest of my life,” said Kruis.
‘For me, I need to embrace my business and the opportunity it presents. I want and need to challenge myself to replicate my international standard off the field – and build the fourfive brand.”
There have been approaches and offers to return to the Premiership but he added: ‘I wouldn’t play for another UK club apart from Sarries.
“I’ve taken a few months thinking this over. I’ve been very lucky to still have some really good offers on the table, whether it’s in Japan or some clubs back home, but I need to cut my career short as there’s such an opportunity off-field.’
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#1. JACK NOWELL – CLOTHES & PUB
The England and Exeter Chiefs winger is the co-owner of The Swordfish Inn back in his hometown of Cornwall. Sitting on the harbourfront, the pub has been a favourite of local fishermen, artists and visitors alike for as long as anyone cares to remember and is well-known for its rugged charm and atmosphere. He is also a director of MUSTARD Clothing.