Ellis Genge apologizes to Leicester but calls accusation “ridiculous” | Leicester

Leicester captain Ellis Genge has apologized to his team-mates for losing his mind at Wasps on Sunday and receiving a yellow card which he said “could cost us the game”.

Genge insisted he had made no attempt to deceive Wasps wing Francois Hougaard and called some of the post-game social media reactions “absolutely ridiculous.”

The England mainstay was sentenced shortly before half-time for blasting international Springbok’s face and pulling his hair, but was later escaped further punishment from the citing officer.

“A lot of people said I tried to cheat on him,” Genge said. “It’s absolutely ridiculous. I never even dreamed of doing something like this. It’s disgusting. But, yeah, I lost my mind and pushed him in the face a little bit. This potentially cost us the match, being reduced to 14 men for that duration. I will learn from it.

“I apologized to the boys for letting them down, I apologized to [head coach] Steve Borthwick but it’s something I can’t promise that I won’t do it again. It’s one of those things, you lose your mind in the heat of the moment. I don’t have a bad disciplinary record, I have never received a red card in a professional game and I think I have had four yellows in my Premiership career.

Genge, whose side are going to the Connacht in the Champions Cup this weekend, also reiterated how much he enjoys being captain of Leicester. “Imagine being at war and all your troops are ready to die. This is how it is, this is what it is in our pack.

Likewise, he says he doesn’t regret choosing to return to his native Bristol this summer to be closer to his family. “Without going into too much detail, there were circumstances that forced my hand,” said Genge. “I needed to be closer to them and to see them more often. If we’ve learned anything from Covid, it’s that you don’t spend a lot of time with the people you love, let alone in lockdown.

“I’ve been away from home since I was 16 and it’s time for me to come home and support my family, sister, dad and mom the best that I can. For me, it’s being back in Bristol.

England’s Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield on February 5 between England and Scotland is now set to take place in front of a large crowd following the Scottish government’s decision to ease attendance restrictions next week.

The cross-Channel travel issues that have undermined this year’s European rugby competitions, forced organizers to classify a series of unplayed second-round matches as a 0-0 draw before this week’s penultimate group round. end. Bath, Sale, Scarlets, Wasps and Bristol all got two points after their pre-Christmas games against the French opposition were called off.

The decision won’t impress Leinster, whose canceled second-round match in Montpellier earned his opponents a bonus point. Organizers say a tougher verdict was imposed because, unlike the aforementioned clubs, the Covid-hit province of Ireland was unable to field a team. On the flip side, Bristol have now racked up seven points without entering the pitch yet, giving them a decent chance of qualifying for the final 16.

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