Mar 29, 2019
Kruis looking to add to Champions Cup memories
Refreshed physically and mentally after a week’s rest following a gruelling Six Nations period, Saracens lock George Kruis is back in the mix and raring to go.
The 29-year-old spent time with his family back in Surrey before a break to the Cotswolds for a bit of RNR.
“I think physically and mentally it’s massively important to have breaks and balance it up with what the guys are doing at Saracens,” he said.
“A lot have put in some big game time off the back of the internationals being away. Having rest and taking my head out of rugby for a week was good and I’m grateful that Saracens let me have that week off.”
Kruis comes back into the Saracens starting XV for Saturday’s match against Glasgow Warriors in a tournament which he has fond memories of.
The second row, who is nearing 50 European caps, started in both of Sarries’ Champions Cup final triumphs and bullied his way over for a try in the second against Clermont Auvergne.
“I can only speak for myself but some of the best memories I’ve had in rugby have been in this competition. It’s an unbelievable competition,” he said.
“You play the majority of your rugby with your club so to be in the quarter-final of the best competition some would say in the world is unbelievable. There’s a good buzz, you can feel it in the training weeks leading up to quarter-finals, semis and finals.
“It’s exciting for us to be competing with the best players in Europe. We understand what it takes to win it as we have won it a couple of times.
“We understand we’ve got to be at our best; if you look at Glasgow they’re a team who will run from anywhere and they have players who chip, pass 40 metres, can crossfield and land it on the money. You back that up with a pack that can work hard as well so we’re fully aware of what we’re up against.”
You can read more from George Kruis in Saturday’s matchday programme!