Popular referee Nigel Owens has revealed why he believes critics have got Ellis Genge wrong, sharing the personal message he received off the England forward.
The prop took a swipe at the “sausages” who criticised England following a Six Nations defeat to France after they beat Scotland to regain the Calcutta Cup on a bleak Saturday at Murrayfield.
However, he received some harsh criticism for the way he talks and for drinking beer during the post-match interview.
However, he received some criticism for the way he talks and for drinking beer during the post-match interview.
Good win for the boys, on the way back to my council estate to see my illiterate friends who all talk like zombies and are all terrible role models for kids. pic.twitter.com/yAg4C5OVhl— Gengey (@EllisGenge) February 8, 2020
“One of the main talking points from last weekend was England prop Ellis Genge’s interview after the match, in which he had scored an important try,” Owens wrote in his weekly column for Wales Online.
“I know Ellis Genge pretty well as a player as I’ve reffed him many times. He always comes up after the game and he sent me a message after the France game saying “well done on a great game and a great career”. I have a lot of respect for him.
“He plays with his heart on his sleeve and that’s good to see. That’s what we want from our players. I always enjoy reffing him although he sometimes brings his own challenges to you as a referee.
“Looking at his interview, to me that is him. I don’t know him well but to me that was him, he wasn’t trying to be anybody else.
“Sometimes I watch games and, I’m not being big headed, but I see referees trying to be me and smiling and joking with the players, and I think don’t try to be somebody you’re not, just be yourself and be natural.
“For me Ellis Genge was being himself and that’s what we want in players and people is it not? You don’t want players to be somebody they’re not.”