Ellis Genge, born on February 16, 1995, is a professional rugby union player from England who primarily plays as a prop. He currently represents Bristol Bears in the Premiership Rugby competition. Genge made his international debut for England in 2016.
Genge began his rugby journey in Bristol, growing up on the Knowle West council estate. He attended John Cabot Academy and developed a passion for rugby from a young age. He started playing at the age of twelve at Old Redcliffians, initially playing in the back row. At sixteen, Genge moved to Hartpury College, where he captained the rugby team to victory in the AASE league. He represented England at various youth levels, from U17 to U20.
Genge's professional career started with Bristol in 2013. He made his debut for the club in the British and Irish Cup against Gala, scoring a try in a convincing win. He also played in the RFU Championship for Bristol. Genge's impressive performances caught the attention of Richard Cockerill, and he moved to Leicester Tigers on loan in February 2016. The move became permanent later that year.
In May 2016, Genge received his first call-up to the senior England squad and made his international debut as a substitute against Wales. He became a regular for Leicester Tigers during the 2016-17 season and played a key role in the team's victory in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Genge continued to establish himself in the Leicester squad and earned his first start for England during their tour of Argentina in 2017.
Genge represented England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, making substitute appearances in the pool stage matches. He scored his first international try in a warm-up game for the tournament against Italy. Genge's performances for England and Leicester Tigers remained strong, and he played a crucial role in England's victories in the Six Nations Championship and the Autumn Nations Cup.
In 2021, Genge was appointed as the captain of Leicester Tigers, leading the team to their first Premiership Rugby title in nine seasons. However, he made the decision to return to Bristol Bears in 2022, citing the desire to be closer to his family as a significant factor.
Genge's playing style is characterized by his aggressive ball-carrying skills, powerful runs, and relentless work-rate. His scrummaging abilities have been honed under the guidance of experienced internationals Marcos Ayerza and Dan Cole. Genge is known for his physicality and determination on the field.
Off the field, Genge has been open about his experience with developmental coordination disorder, also known as dyspraxia. Despite this challenge, he has overcome obstacles and achieved success in his rugby career.
Genge will feature in his second rugby world cup, at the 2023 rugby world cup.
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