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Old Johnian and England rugby international George Kruis was welcomed back to St John’s on Thursday 10 March to catch up with current pupils and to chat about his rugby career to date.
One of the standout players in England’s current Six Nations campaign, George posed for pictures and chatted with pupils as he strolled through the grounds reminiscing about his time at the School. He even had time to take on Austin Bell (Fourth Form, Monty), at table tennis (well won by Austin!). There was certainly a buzz as news spread of his arrival.
George was then interviewed for the OJ magazine as his views were sought on all things St John’s, Saracens and England. Clearly grateful for the education and support he had received at School, he talked openly about the hard work which has seen him rise to the top of his sport as well as the various opportunities he had enjoyed as a boy at St John’s.
1st XV coach, Nick Platt, said, ‘George has always been very positive about his school days and it was good of him to give up some of his precious free time in the build up to an international. He hasn’t changed a bit, apart from adding a bit more bulk!’
‘He was his normal relaxed and down to earth self and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him. As ever George was keen to know how the rugby is going and whether there were any others likely to follow in his footsteps. With 13 boys currently on the books of various premiership rugby academies we hope George’s appearance may inspire them to double their efforts.’
There is no doubt that St John’s remains close to George’s heart. The School wishes him well and we hope his career continues to go from strength to strength.
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