Updated: Mar 26, 2021
Ellis Genge escaped sanction after his sides Guinness 6 Nations clash against Ireland on the weekend. The young prop was caught on camera making repeated contact with his elbow, to the head of Irish flyhalf Johnathan Sexton.
Many expected the player to be cited after the incident, but with the deadline for this having passed, it is questionable as to why World Rugby failed to act. World Rugby has been on a big drive to protect players with an emphasis on head injury prevention. Failing to sanction a player for such a severe incident, is a direct contradiction of their goals.
Genge has a reputation for having a poor temper and although the player is still young and his position requires a bit of aggression, such actions do not fit the ethics of the sport and the player needs to be better going forward. The whole England team needs to take a look at their discipline after a poor 2021 campaign which saw players such as Maro Itoje, who is in line for the British & Irish Lions captaincy, racking up the penalty count.
Sexton can be heard through the ref's mic saying "Sir, he elbowed me in the face" with Genge replying "Yeah I did. I did." It's a wonder how the referee didn't refer the incident to the TMO. Sexton again approached Mathieu Raynal asking to speak to him as captain, with the ref refusing and saying do so after the game.
Springbok prop Beast Mtawarira however didn't take lightly to the incident, as he spoke out on Twitter saying.
"This Ellis Genge dude needs to be dealt with properly.."
Genge returned comment stating "Ill let him know". Showing his arrogance, the player has clearly forgotten what Beast did to the last English prop that stood in his way.