Six Nations call-up will be on merit says Kruis

George Kruis wants to be chosen for England’s Six Nations campaign on merit only and not because of his relationship with Steve Borthwick.

Kruis was mentored by Borthwick when the recently-appointed Red Rose forwards coach was captain at Saracens, the second rows working closely together for five years.

Even before his man-of-the-match display in Saturday’s 26-6 victory over Leicester, with Borthwick watching from the stands, Kruis was on course to start the Six Nations opener against Scotland on Feb. 6.

Director of Rugby Mark McCall has described him as a “shoo-in” for Murrayfield where an 11th cap awaits, but the 25-year-old insists his form alone will dictate whether he is picked in Eddie Jones’s first team.

“I’m sure I’ll have a chat with Steve Borthwick in the coming weeks,” Kruis said.

“He was a mentor for me definitely. When you play for five years alongside a player like that you learn a few things off him. But he is another coach and that is the way it is.

“There will be no favouritism and I would not want it to be like that. I like to feel that if I do get selected it would be off my own back and the hard work we and I have put in.”

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