“He was choking” – Ellis Genge recalls how he ‘saved Italians life’ during the Six Nations - Ruck

“He was choking” – Ellis Genge recalls how he ‘saved Italians life’ during the Six Nations

Ellis Genge was labelled a hero following England’s clash against Italy during the 2022 Six Nations – and rightly so.

Sebastian Negri was knocked unconscious in the 54th minute after a collision with opposing forward Nick Isiekwe.

While Isiekwe and other England players celebrated the dominant collision, the loosehead-prop was alert enough to hear a choking from his opponent and immediately leapt into action.

Genge immediately called for medical attention as he rolled the big Italian into the recovery position with the Telegraph suggesting he helped save his life.

“I heard him choking so I gave him a slap to see if he reacted,” Genge said. “He just carried on choking so I didn’t know if he had swallowed his tongue – that’s why I tried to roll him onto his side.

“I’m not a master in medicine but I’m pretty sure you are supposed to put them in the recovery position so I tried to do that. I was quickly ushered away by the medics so I let them just carry on.”

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Ellis Genge facts:

#1. Famous relation?

Genge, who is currently on England duty in the Six Nations, shares a link with boxing legend Muhammad Ali via his grandmother. She was born in the United States near Ali’s parents and they shared the same surname – Grady. If you look closely, there is actually a resemblance!

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