George Kruis: England lockdown announces shock retirement to focus on business

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eorge Kruis has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the current Japanese season to focus on business, meaning he will not be returning for England at the year’s World Cup next.

Former British and Irish Lions lock Kruis made a long-time move to Japan to play for the Saitama Wild Knights in 2020 when Saracens were relegated for a salary cap breach which put his international career on hold.

He had earned 45 caps for England and another for the Lions during the 2017 draw tour to New Zealand. Kruis was an England regular who became known for his lineout prowess.

Kruis launched fourfive, a cannabidiol (CBD) business, with former Saracens and Wales lock Dom Day, in 2018.

Kruis had expressed his desire to return to Saracens next season but has now decided to pursue the venture when the Japanese season ends in May.

The business is proving time-demanding, with product stocked in Boots and other major retail stores, and partnerships with Saracens and Leicester Tigers.

“I was very lucky to still have very good offers on the table, whether in Japan or in some clubs at home, but I have to cut my career short because there is such an opportunity off the pitch,” Kruis told The Times. .

“Dom had to leave full time and we have seven employees. It now pulls me out of rugby and needs my 100% attention.

“It’s a huge decision not to try for all those things, but it’s something in front of me that I can’t ignore.”


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