Genge commits future to Leicester


England prop Ellis Genge has agreed a new contract with Aviva Premiership club Leicester.

The Tigers have announced fresh terms for 22-year-old Genge, who initially joined them on loan from Bristol last year before making his move permanent.

The highly-rated loosehead made his Test debut against Wales 11 months ago, while he has been named in the England squad for this summer’s two-Test Argentina tour.

“I came here to develop as a player and I feel I have come on a lot since I joined the club,” Genge said. “I’ve been learning all the time, working with people like Marcos Ayerza, Dan Cole and now Boris Stankovich.

“I just want to play rugby and I am enjoying it at Tigers. It’s great to play at Welford Road with crowds of over 20,000 every week.”

Leicester head coach Matt O’Connor, meanwhile, is enthused by Genge’s new deal.

“Ellis has made a big impact in his time here and he is making progress all the time,” O’Connor said. “He is still a young man, especially in prop terms, but his all-round game continues to improve and he is in the right place to develop with the staff and senior players around him.

“Marcos Ayerza has just confirmed his retirement and we think Ellis has a lot of similar characteristics and traits about his game, and with the right mentoring he can go on to have a huge career in the game.”