One of the most dynamic props in England, Bristol-born Ellis Genge made his debut for his country as a replacement in a 27-13 win over Wales at Twickenham Stadium in 2016.
Three days earlier, Ellis had agreed a long-term move to Leicester Tigers, where he had been on loan from Bristol for the final four months of the 16/17 season.
Ellis was included in the squad for England’s 2016 touring party to Australia and also won the 2016/17 Land Rover Discovery of the Year award for a season of impressive league performances.
The front row took his Test appearances to five in 2017, playing against Argentina at San Juan and Santa Fe before facing the same opposition at Twickenham Stadium and earning his first start against Samoa.
A former Old Redcliffians’ player, Ellis was educated at John Cabot City Technology College in Bristol, led Hartpury College to two AASE Championship titles and switched from No 8 to prop as he continued his development.
The powerful forward was born in Knowle, Bristol, and cites the biggest influence on his career as his father Richard.
“My dad always loved a Sunday beer so it fitted in well with him,” said Ellis. “My first coach, Mat Clark, also kept me on the straight and narrow.”
In his Twitter biography, Ellis once claimed that he is “like the M5…two hard shoulders”, an apt comparison because it was the 40-mile journey on that motorway from Bristol to Hartpury that helped to shape his promising career.
His England U20 debut came against Wales at Colwyn Bay in February 2015 and he scored a maiden try from a lineout drive in his second match against Italy at Plymouth six days later.
Ellis represented England U17, U18 and U19 before figuring in eight matches for the U20 side in 2015, including the World Rugby Championship final against New Zealand.
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Last updated: 6 June 2018