Saracens pair Kruis and Parkes moving to Japan

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 May 2020

England lock George Kruis and Welsh center Hadleigh Parkes have signed to play for Panasonic Wild Knights in next year's Japanese Top League.

The 30-year-old Kruis, capped 45 times for his country and once for the British and Irish Lions, featured at last year's Rugby World Cup but mostly as a substitute.

New Zealand-born Parkes, 32, was an ever-present for the Welsh side that lost in the World Cup semi-finals to eventual champions South Africa.

For the Scarlets player, the decision effectively means an end to his international career and he told the BBC that moving to Japan "certainly wasn't a quick or easy decision". But Parkes added that it was "an incredible opportunity" for him and his family.

Kruis, on the other hand, refused to see his move from Saracens to Japan as calling time on his international career. That's because England can select players from overseas clubs in "exceptional circumstances."

Saracens have been relegated to England's second division following a points deduction for salary-cap breaches.

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