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OJ George Kruis made his England rugby debut on Saturday 8 November, in a closely-fought battle against the All Blacks at Twickenham Stadium.
Coming on to replace the injured Courtney Lawes after 23 minutes, second row Kruis (Churchill, left 2008) made his mark on the game, showing just how far he has come since his time at St John’s. The Saracens star and former Dorking RFC player worked hard on the pitch to make his first appearance count.
Although the match ended in a 24-21 defeat, Kruis can certainly be proud of his first outing with the squad. The team came extremely close to a win, and gave a solid performance throughout.
Director of Sport at St John’s, Nick Platt, said of Kruis’ debut, “We are delighted that George has won his first cap for England. He was always a leading light in schoolboy rugby but his focus and dedication has seen him progress to a full international. There has been a great buzz around St John's since George made the England squad and he is an inspiration to our current crop of talented performers. We are very proud of George and wish him well as he furthers his England career.”
England next face South Africa on 15 November, with the match day 23 being announced on Tuesday.
(Picture courtesy of Saracens and The Daily Telegraph.)
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