Ellis Genge lucky to escape punishment for 'flying head-butt' - Ruck

Ellis Genge lucky to escape punishment for ‘flying head-butt’

Ellis Genge was lucky to escape further punishment for a head-on-head collision during their clash with the All Blacks at Twickenham.

The England prop, who was penalised for offside in the same incident, attempted badly to tackle New Zealand lock Sam Whitelock the pair instead clashing heads.

One fan wrote: “TMO is sleeping, inconsistency from World rugby refs again. How is that Genge shot not looked at?”

“Head on head contact by Genge on Whitelock with no arms involved – not even looked at by the officials. Just no consistency in officiating it seems,” said a second.

A third wrote: “Genge lucky with the head on head?”

“Genge mad lucky… head in head, no arms,” said a fourth.

Another commented: “Genge head first, should have been a card,”

Ellis Genge ‘Headbutt’:

Fans have voted for the 15 greatest England players of all-time, Owen Farrell 6th

Owen Farrell becomes only the third male player to reach 100 caps for England against the All Blacks.

The son of rugby league great and former England centre Andy, Owen has been England captain since 2019 where his leads with his game management and goal-kicking as an option at either fly half or centre.

A product of St George’s School in Harpenden, Owen studied Business at Hertfordshire University. He began playing rugby league aged eight for Wigan St Patricks, like his father. It took Owen little time to impress becoming the then-youngest player to appear in English professional rugby union aged 17 years and 11 days when turning out for Saracens in October 2008.

He had made a powerful impression for England U16, a side he captained, and for the U17 and U18 and U20 teams. Farrell made his full senior debut against Scotland in Murrayfield on 4 February 2012.

His maiden try came against Australia on 2 November 2013. Farrell deputised for captain Dylan Hartley in 2017 and 2018 before being confirmed as captain for the Guinness Six Nations in 2019 and led England to the Rugby World Cup final in Japan later that year.

So, where does that place him among the greatest players to ever represent England?

Fans over on Ranker have been voting on the greatest players in England Rugby. View how the top 20 looks below…

#15. Phil Vickery (73 caps, 1998-2010)

#14. Bill Beaumont (34 caps, 1975-1982)

#13. Will Greenwood (55 caps, 1997-2004)

#12. David Duckham (39 caps, 1969-76)

#11. Maro Itoje (56 caps, 2016-Present)

Maro Itoje of England relies the ball from a line out during the Autumn International Series match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham, London on 19 November 2022 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)