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Six Nations 2020: George Kruis in line for final Twickenham appearance and England star eyes mega-money Japan deal

Six Nations 2020: George Kruis in line for final Twickenham appearance and England star eyes mega-money Japan deal

GEORGE KRUIS could make his final Twickenham appearance next week — ahead of a likely move to Japan.

The England second-row has a mega-money deal on the table.

George Kruis could make his final Twickenham appearance next week ahead of a likely move to Japan

And he is set to make a call on joining the Top League, boasting World Cup legends Dan Carter and Kieran Read, when the Six Nations ends.

Quitting relegated Saracens for Asia would end Kruis’ Test career, with Eddie Jones only allowed to pick home-based players.

And Kruis, 30, said: “It’s tough but extremely exciting on all fronts.

“It’s always emotional playing for England. It is clearly an absolute privilege, so if I stay, it’s an unbelievable opportunity. If I go, it is also a great opportunity.

“This is something I need to have a proper think about once we have finished up the Six Nations.”

Sarries and England team-mate Jamie George has no doubt his pal will be big in Japan.

The hooker said: “George is incredibly impressive. He’s squeezed the most out of his career he possibly could because of the amount of work he’s put in.

“I remember him joining Saracens as an 18-year-old. He was awful, a bad rugby player, and everyone was like, ‘Is he a competition winner?’.

— Read on www.thesun.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/11066216/six-nations-george-kruis-england-japan/

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England v Ireland: ‘No-one argues with a Farrell’ as father and son prepare for Twickenham game

There is an arc in the competitive relationship between most fathers and sons.

Stage one: father teaches son. Stage two: father lets son win. Stage three: equally matched. Stage four: son unrepentantly triumphant. Stage five: son patronises father by throwing him occasional bones.

Andy and Owen Farrell are not most fathers and sons. Which is why, when they come up against each other at the elite level once again this weekend, the dynamic between them will be so perplexing to the majority of those watching.

England v Ireland is always a huge game. With Ireland two games unbeaten and England on the rebound from World Cup final disappointment there is extra weight on this one, but you can find subplots anywhere you care: Farrell senior returning to Twickenham as head coach for the first time; Eddie Jones with a new-look coaching staff containing only a solitary Englishman; both looking to move their teams on as a new World Cup cycle begins.

But it is the Farrell against Farrell narrative that will draw the eye, because each is so integral to everything their side is, and because their characters are reflected in the style and attitude of the teams around them.

— Read on www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/51560161

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