TRANSFER | George Kruis’ move away from Saracens confirmed
England lock George Kruis and Welsh centre Hadleigh Parkes have signed to play for Panasonic Wild Knights in next year’s Japanese Top League, the club announced on Monday.
The 30-year-old will leave Saracens, who will be relegated to the Championship after being found guilty of salary cap breaches, following an 11-year stay.
🗞 George Kruis will depart Saracens at the end of the season.
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) May 25, 2020
Kruis has spoken British & Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland and told him he would still “love” to be involved in next year’s tour to South Africa.
“I wanted him to know and I do not see going to Japan as counting myself out,” he said. “I thoroughly enjoyed it last time [in New Zealand in 2017] but time will tell.”
Kruis said in a separate statement: “Although this has clearly been a tough decision, I am extremely excited and honoured to take on this new challenge and chapter in my career.
“(This) is a really exciting time for rugby in Japan, following the tremendous World Cup they hosted last year.”
The full list of who’s going & who’s staying at Saracens
Here’s our changing list of stayers, loaners, likely leavers and confirmed departures at Saracens.
- Owen Farrell
- Elliot Daly
- Jamie George
- Billy Vunipola
- Mako Vunipola
- Jackson Wray
- Ali Crossdale
- Vincent Koch