Ellis Genge
Date of birth (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 (age 29)
Place of birthBristol, England
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight113 kg (249 lb; 17 st 11 lb)[1]
SchoolHartpury College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Bristol Bears
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2016 Bristol Bears 18 (25)
2015Plymouth (loan) 2 (0)
2016–2022 Leicester Tigers 111 (70)
2022– Bristol Bears 14 (40)
Correct as of 19 January 2024
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015 England U20 8 (5)
2016– England 58 (25)
Correct as of 19 January 2024
Medal record
Men's Rugby union
Representing  England
Rugby World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2019 Japan Squad

Ellis Genge (born 16 February 1995) is an English professional rugby union player who plays as a prop for Premiership Rugby club Bristol Bears and the England national team.[2][3]

Before moving to Leicester Tigers, Genge had a brief professional career with Bristol. He played in more than 100 games during his tenure with Leicester, captaining the team to a Premiership title in 2022. In 2016, Genge made his debut for England against Wales.

Early life

Born in Bristol[2] Genge grew up on the Knowle West council estate,[4] and was educated at John Cabot Academy.[5] He is a fan of Bristol Rovers football club.[6]

He started playing rugby aged twelve at Old Redcliffians playing in the back row.[7] At sixteen, Genge moved to Hartpury College and captained their rugby team to victory in the AASE league.[7] Genge represented England at youth level from U17 up to U20.[8] According to Genge, he was first introduced to the front row by former England youth coach Bobby Walsh originally to have as an additional option but this eventually resulted in a permanent career change.[9]

Club career

Bristol (2013–2016)

Genge joined Bristol at the age of eighteen and was convinced to change position from back row to prop by the offer of a two-year contract if he made the positional change.[7] He went on loan to Clifton to play loosehead prop in National 2 South during the 2014–2015 season starting thirteen games and coming on as a substitute in one other match.

Genge made his professional debut for Bristol on 8 December 2013 in the British and Irish Cup against Scottish side Gala, scoring a try in a 62–7 win.[10] His first league game in the RFU Championship came against London Scottish on 26 September 2014.[7] Genge represented England at under-17 level.[8] He was a member of the England Under-20 squad that won the 2015 Six Nations Under 20s Championship.[11][12] Later that year he started for the side that lost to New Zealand in the final of the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship to finish runners up.[13][14]

He made 26 appearances during his first spell at the club.[15]

Early time at Leicester Tigers

Genge gained the attention of Richard Cockerill, moving to Leicester Tigers on loan in February 2016.[8] The move was, in part, due to off-field issues, including being arrested after an away game against Ulster in 2015.[10][16] He made his Leicester debut as substitute against Wasps on 12 March 2016, replacing Marcos Ayerza, and his first start came on 7 May 2016 against Bath at the Rec. The move to Leicester was made permanent on 26 May 2016.[15]

Genge became a regular for Leicester in the 2016–17 season playing a club-leading 31 matches in the season. It was during this campaign he started for the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs in the final of the 2016–17 Anglo-Welsh Cup.[17] The season ended with him named the club's young player of the year and winning the Premiership Discovery of the Season Award.[18][19]

On 2 December 2017 Genge suffered a shoulder injury in a league match against Wasps.[20] After four months injured he returned to the starting line up on 7 April 2018 against Bath in a match at Twickenham.[21]

Leicester Tigers captain

For Leicester, Genge scored a try against Ulster in the semi-final of the 2021 EPCR Challenge Cup as Leicester came back from an 11-point half-time deficit to win.[22] He then started in the final as they finished runners up to Montpellier by a single point.[23]

Genge captained Leicester for the first time in September 2020, a 54–7 defeat away to Wasps,[24] and was appointed as the club's permanent captain, replacing Tom Youngs, before the 2021-22 Premiership Rugby season.[25] Genge led Leicester to their first league title for nine seasons as they beat Saracens 15–12 in the 2022 Premiership Final.[26]

Return to Bristol Bears (2022–)

On 15 December 2021 it was confirmed that Genge would leave Leicester in the summer of 2022 to re-join Bristol.[27] The signing was announced with a video that caused controversy.[28] Genge revealed that closeness to family and the ability to see them regularly played a key part in his decision, with covid lockdowns having caused him to re-assess his priorities.[29]

International career

England debut (2016–2018)

In May 2016 Genge received his first call-up to the senior England squad by coach Eddie Jones after only one start for Leicester.[30] On 29 May 2016 he made his international debut as a second-half substitute during a 27–13 win against Wales at Twickenham.[31][32] Genge was included on the 2016 England rugby union tour of Australia but was not used in any of the matches.

At the end of the season with Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola selected for the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, Genge made his first start for England on their tour of Argentina.[33]

Rugby World Cup (2019)

Genge scored his first international try in a warm-up game for the 2019 Rugby World Cup against Italy at St James' Park.[34] He was selected for his first world cup and made two substitute appearances at the tournament both during the pool stage against Tonga and USA.[2][35] He did not participate in the knockout phase as England finished runners up to South Africa.[36]

England regular starter (2020–)

Genge scored the winning try against Scotland during the 2020 Six Nations Championship.[37] After the delay caused by the COVID Pandemic lockdown he came off the bench in the final round of the competition as England beat Italy to win the tournament.[38] Genge started for England as they defeated France in extra time to win the Autumn Nations Cup.[39] In July 2021 Genge scored a try against Canada.[40]

Genge was included in the squad for the 2022 tour of Australia and scored a try in the first test match, which England lost 30–28.[41] He was prominent during the second test victory in Brisbane and then started again in the decisive final match as England defeated Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground to win the series.[42][43]

On 21 November 2022, Genge was named in World Rugby's team of the year as the best loosehead prop.[44]

Personal life

Genge is mixed race. His father is White British[45] and his maternal grandfather is African American.[46]

He has developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia).[47]

In September 2020, Genge became a father to his first child, a son.[48]

Genge's scrummaging has benefited from the tutelage of veteran internationals Marcos Ayerza and Dan Cole.[16] He is known for his very powerful ball-carrying skills, aggression and work-rate.[4][16]

Career statistics

List of international tries

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 6 September 2019 St James' Park, Newcastle, England  Italy 28–0 37–0 2019 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches [34]
2 8 February 2020 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland  Scotland 8–3 13–6 2020 Six Nations Championship [37]
3 10 July 2021 Twickenham Stadium, London, England  Canada 40–14 70–14 2021 July rugby union tests [40]
4 2 July 2022 Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia  Australia 11–9 28–30 2022 England rugby union tour of Australia [41]
5 12 November 2022 Twickenham Stadium, London, England  Japan 29–6 52–13 2022 end-of-year rugby union internationals
6 4 February 2023 Twickenham Stadium, London, England  Scotland 18–12 23–29 2023 Six Nations Championship

as of 13 November 2022[2]


Leicester Tigers


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