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Ellis Genge - Baby Rhino

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Tuesday May 9, 2023

Ellis Genge is a name that has made waves in the world of English rugby, particularly in recent years. With his powerful presence on the field, undeniable talent, and passionate approach to the game, Genge has established himself as a true star within the sport. 

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Starting off in Bristol, he played for the local club, Old Redcliffians, before moving on to Hartpury College and being scouted by the Bristol Rugby Academy. Genge’s potential quickly became evident, as he was named in England’s under-17 squad and quickly progressed through the ranks. His raw power, agility, and skill set all earned him a reputation as one of the most promising young forwards in the country.

Genge’s professional career began in 2013 when he progressed to the full ranks of Bristol Rugby. During his time at Bristol, he played a crucial role in their promotion to the Premiership in the 2015-2016 season. His performances soon caught the attention of Leicester Tigers, and in 2016, Genge made the move to the renowned English club. At Leicester, he continued to thrive, becoming an integral part of their forward pack and consistently impressing with his physicality and work rate.

Ellis Genge’s exceptional club form did not go unnoticed by the England selectors. In 2016, he earned his first international call-up, making his debut against Wales in the Six Nations Championship. Since then, he has gone on to represent his country with distinction, earning a reputation as a ferocious and tenacious loosehead prop.

Standing at 6’1″ and weighing over 120 kilograms, he possesses remarkable physicality that allows him to dominate scrums and carry the ball with relentless force. His ball-carrying abilities, combined with his ability to make bone-crunching tackles, make him a formidable presence on the field. Genge’s fierce determination and never-back-down attitude have endeared him to fans, while his leadership skills have earned him respect from teammates and coaches alike, leading to numerous leadership roles with club and country.

Beyond his contributions on the field, Ellis Genge has also used his platform to advocate for important social issues. He has been an outspoken voice on matters such as racism and inequality in the game, using his interviews and social media presence to drive positive change. Genge’s activism demonstrates his commitment to making rugby a more inclusive and diverse sport, and he has become a role model for aspiring players both on and off the pitch.

Ellis Genge’s rise in English rugby has been nothing short of remarkable. From his humble beginnings in Bristol to where he has returned, to becoming a key figure in both club and international rugby, Genge’s journey is a testament to his exceptional talent, dedication, and unwavering determination. As he continues to develop and make significant contributions to the game, Ellis Genge represents the future of English rugby, embodying the values of strength, resilience, and leadership that define the sport.

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