Ellis Genge described Leicester’s crown as the British champion as the best moment of his career, but a few hours later it became sour due to the latest examples of social media lower class abuse.
After congratulating the Tigers captain on his victory, Twitter users sent in the following direct message a single word beginning with N, reminiscent of the worst history of racism.
Genge anonymized the tweet before reposting it. He described such a message as “common” before insisting that “society / law should go down to it.”
Hopefully Genge then resumed the celebration of Leicester’s victory without further thought. Twice in the aftermath of the match, he welcomed a nail-piercing victory clinched by Freddie Burns’ drop goal in the last moment as a highlight of his career. “I would say so,” he said. “Looking back at a later date, I didn’t win much. I’ve always been the runner-up in my career.”
And sometimes even that. Genge joined Leicester in 2016, signed by Bristol and will be back this summer.
For six years on Welford Road, the Tigers’ fate has a depth that has never been explored in Britain’s most epic clubs of rugby.
All former champions finished 11th out of 12 in consecutive seasons at the time. The second time, two seasons ago, the only reason they weren’t demoted was a small 105-point problem with their opponent, the Saracens, who were defeated on Saturday because of a salary cap breach.
Genge explained how fans threw season cards at players in the dark. After a few years of fast-forwarding, they made the 70,000 people gathered in Twickenham feel like a crowd of homes in a more adorable voice.
“I loved listening to the Tigers chanting,” Genge said. “It was overwhelming and the last lap was absolutely great. They are pretty consistent. I understand to some extent [the fans’ reaction] When we were 11 years old, they were incredible while I was here. This is what they deserve as an avid fan. This is what you get if you stick to the team. “
The love of the Midlands in southwest London is rich and abundant, and there are many stories in the story, all of which Genge rattled in a fuss. His tribute to retired Tom Youngs was that he was the man he replaced as a captain and his wife Tiffany died of cancer a week ago, which was beautiful.
Other compliments followed: Burns, the winner of the match, and finally the champion at 32. To George Ford who dragged in the first half of the last game in Leicester. Behind the scenes club men, Smith, Brett Deacon and others. To the agony that players endured on the coal side trying to inspire themselves from their recent nadir; to Steve Borthwick, his reign coincided with Leicester’s fortune turnaround.
“Steve is great. I first met him when he came to Bristol [in 2015] After success in Japan. Since then he has been watching me grow. He’s very tough on me, he’ll ground me. I hope he doesn’t mind staying in touch with me for the next 12 months! “
Genge grinned and said that the celebration would be fierce, but not as long as he had expected. He promised to “blow off the roof,” but will report camping with England shortly before Australia’s three test tours. Then back soon, he packed up to return to his home club in Bristol, where they have endured their own mini-slump since the end of the 2020-21 regular season as Leicester did this in the top spot. Will do.
Many modern rugby players are showing no signs of mitigation. With blood still oozing from his forehead, Genge looked and talked as if there was no other way. A day like him in Twickenham this weekend is why they are coming back more. And why should ham in the background of social media be despised and rejected?