Ellis Genge savoring his father’s time as English rugby aims for a North American double
He won a Six Nations and played a World Cup, but Ellis Genge will always remember that low-key summer with England.
Five years after the start of his international career, it is the first time that he has been able to share the experience with his son.
The Leicester mainstay showed what it means for him following last week’s victory over the United States by staying on the pitch with nine-month-old Ragh for an extended period.
And he will return to Twickenham today when England wrap up their season against Canada.
Genge said, “It was really nice last week to sit down, figure it all out, forget about everything and hang out with my boy.
“It’s difficult because they grow a lot over the time you spend away from them.
“He started walking the other day and I missed it, he started saying ‘Dada, which was cool, but obviously I wasn’t there for that either.
“I just want to savor my time with him because I only spent 20 minutes with him last month.”
Genge, 26, added: “I don’t want to sound like I’m saying ‘little old man.’ We all sacrifice for work.
“But I have friends that I won’t see for a very long time when I move to Leicester, so I’ve learned to make the most of the time you spend with the people around you.”
England: Steward; Cokanasiga, Slade, Kelly, Radwan; Smith, Randall; Genge, Blamire, Heyes, Wells, Ewels, Ludlow (capt), Underhill, Dombrandt.
Substitutes: Langdon, Obano, Hill, Chick, Ludlam, Robson, Furbank, Marchant.