Now solely the ‘Golden One’ – his former Hurricanes colleague Beauden Barrett – stands between the ex-Wales centre and extra silverware within the Far East.
Parkes, now 33, gained 29 caps for Wales however left the Scarlets and Welsh rugby final summer time for a transfer to Japan with Panasonic Wild Knights the place he performs alongside England’s Kruis.
Within the early hours of Sunday morning, Parkes will likely be an important determine for Panasonic of their Prime League closing conflict with a Suntory Sungoliath aspect for whom New Zealand famous person Barrett is the important thing man.
Hadleigh Parkes in motion in Japan
“It could be wonderful to win the ultimate. It’s been a great 12 months thus far,” stated Parkes.
“Regardless of the place you’re or what competitors you’re taking part in in, to win silverware is superior.
“It could be good to cap it off with a win towards a Suntory aspect who’ve been going effectively. I’m certain will probably be a great recreation.
“Beauden is a bit youthful than me. I performed towards him in New Zealand and performed with him on the Hurricanes too. He was referred to as ‘The Golden One’ there or ‘GO’ for brief.
“I feel he would possibly even have been referred to as it in school. The boys on the Hurricanes actually referred to as him ‘GO’! He’s an distinctive participant and any workforce he performs in does extraordinarily effectively.
“He’s an enormous menace and we all know precisely the menace he brings. Suntory are similar to us at Panasonic and still have 11 or 12 gamers within the Japan squad.
“They’ve received good gamers throughout the board so we will’t fear about Barrett an excessive amount of as a result of if we solely fear about him, any person else will harm us.
“I feel will probably be a great match-up and an thrilling recreation.”
New Zealand famous person Beauden Barrett
Beauden is a bit youthful than me. I performed towards him in New Zealand and performed with him on the Hurricanes too. He was referred to as ‘The Golden One’ there or ‘GO’ for brief
Parkes has had a high quality first season in Japan although the match, like all sport internationally, has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taking part in in the identical workforce as 2017 British & Irish Lion and 45-cap England lock Kruis has helped and the pair watched the Six Nations collectively.
Parkes was delighted at Wales’ shock title success underneath head coach Wayne Pivac.
He additionally significantly loved their 40-24 win over England. Kruis, unsurprisingly, didn’t.
Parkes stated: “I received George over for the England recreation so it was fairly good to look at that with him!
“It was fairly humorous actually. We knew the outcome earlier than he received over right here, nevertheless it was good for me to make him a cup of tea and simply say ‘Come on then, let’s watch this recreation!’
“I received caught into him! At each recreation I’ve performed in Japan I’ve seen a Welsh jersey. I haven’t seen an English journey at any recreation but so I’ve been winding George up about that!
“I don’t know if it’s annoying George, nevertheless it’s good to see the Japanese individuals nonetheless supporting Wales after the World Cup.”
Parkes takes on the England defence with Wales within the 2020 Six Nations
It’s good to see the Japanese individuals nonetheless supporting Wales after the World Cup
Parkes continued: “I watched all of the Wales video games within the Six Nations besides the Italy one. I watched the French one and tried to not see the rating beforehand.
“We didn’t handle to do it, however although we knew the outcome, each my spouse Suzy and I have been so nervous for the previous few minutes.
“We knew what had occurred, nevertheless it was gut-wrenching to look at it. The boys performed so effectively within the match and scored some good tries.
“They deserved to win the Championship and it was only a disgrace they didn’t handle to win the Grand Slam.
“I’m glad for Wayne, all of the teaching workers and administration and the gamers themselves – all of them performed extraordinarily effectively.
“They received some good outcomes which has been rewarded with a great contingent of them going to the Lions as effectively.”
Parkes, his spouse Suzy, and their daughter Ruby now reside in Japan after leaving Wales
Wales deserved to win the Championship and it was only a disgrace they didn’t handle to win the Grand Slam. I’m glad for Wayne, all of the teaching workers and administration and the gamers themselves – all of them performed extraordinarily effectively