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Ellis Genge a major doubt for England, it would be a huge blow for Steve Borthwick

England is concerned about the fitness of prop Ellis Genge ahead of their tour to New Zealand, as the Bristol Bears loosehead is set to undergo a scan for a calf injury.

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Genge was helped off the field during Bristol’s victory over Harlequins on the final day of the Premiership season after going down in a first-half scrum.

The 29-year-old was seen wearing a moon boot and using crutches at the full-time whistle, with a scan planned to assess the severity of his injury.

“He popped a calf in the scrum,” said Bristol boss Pat Lam. “We don’t know how bad it is, but for him to come off and be in a moon boot afterward is a sign.

“We don’t know exactly how long it will be. Hopefully for England, it won’t be as bad as it looks.”

After the game, Genge released a statement after Bristol failed to reach the play-offs. He wrote: “Season full of ups and downs for many a reason, thank you to the ever faithful @BristolBears supporters, couldn’t get it done for you this time round, we will learn from this and be stronger for it.”

Owen Farrell is now the highest-paid rugby player in the world, Maro Itoje fifth

As reported by Wales Online, let’s delve deeper into the earnings of today’s highest-paid rugby players.

Handre Pollard (South Africa) – £610,000

Formerly earning over £1 million at Montpellier, Pollard took a pay cut at Leicester Tigers, now earning £610,000 annually.

Steven Luatua (Samoa) – £620,000

Representing Samoa post-All Black career, Luatua earns £620,000 yearly at Bristol Bears since 2017.

Antoine Dupont (France) – £700,000

Toulouse’s star scrum-half, Dupont, commands a reported £700,000 salary, possibly changing due to Olympic Sevens and potential Japanese stint.

Antoine Dupont, Captain of Italy is interviewed during the 2023 Guinness Six Nations Media Launch at County Hall, Lambeth, London on Monday 23rd January 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.

Dan Biggar (Wales) – £800,000

Biggar’s move to Toulon from Northampton Saints saw a salary boost to £800,000, making him Wales’ highest-paid player.

Siya Kolisi (South Africa) – £800,000

Siya Kolisi, the inspirational Springbok captain, has enjoyed considerable success both on and off the field. His reported salary of £800,000 at Racing 92 reflects his value to the team and his standing as one of the sport’s most influential figures.

Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade De France, Paris on 29 October 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

Maro Itoje (England) – £800,000

Maro Itoje, the towering English lock, has been the subject of considerable speculation regarding his future earnings. While his reported salary of £800,000 with Saracens is impressive, potential hybrid deals with the RFU could see his income increase even further, highlighting his importance to both club and country.

Maro Itoje of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)