Statement: Ellis Genge stood down from rugby following latest injury - Ruck

Statement: Ellis Genge stood down from rugby following latest injury

England’s vice-captain, Ellis Genge, has officially declared his absence from the upcoming summer tour led by Steve Borthwick.

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The loosehead-prop sustained an injury during Bristol Bears’ recent match against Harlequins, prompting a medical assessment that confirmed his unavailability for England’s three-Test tour.

Genge’s injury compounds England’s pack troubles, with Leicester’s Ollie Chessum already sidelined due to shoulder surgery, leaving two key players from the victory over Ireland out of contention for the summer fixtures.

Nevertheless, this setback presents an opportunity for England’s head coach, Steve Borthwick, to introduce fresh talent to the squad.

Fin Baxter of Harlequins before the Gallahgher Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London on 25 March 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

Youngster Fin Baxter of Harlequins has impressed throughout the season, alongside Bath’s Beno Obano, both vying for potential inclusion in the team.

Genge wrote on X: “Every cloud… obviously gutted to be ruled out of summer tour but get a chance to spend some proper quality time with the family. Thanks for the well wishes.”

The 33-man England Squad Steve Borthwick Should Select For Summer Tour

It’s been a decade since England’s last visit to New Zealand, a challenging 2014 series under Stuart Lancaster resulting in a 3-0 defeat.

The memories of the 2008 tour aren’t any sweeter, with England tasting defeat in both Tests against the All Blacks. However, a glimmer of triumph emerged in 2003, as they secured a thrilling 15-13 victory over New Zealand just before the Rugby World Cup.

In this highly anticipated tour, Borthwick’s squad will face a formidable challenge with only two tests against the All Blacks, following a clash with Japan in Tokyo.

Here is the list of our predicted squad organised by their current clubs:

RUCK’s England squad for the summer:


  • Joe Marler
  • Fin Baxter
  • Chandler Cunningham-South
  • Marcus Smith

Bristol Bears

  • Harry Randall
  • Gabriel Ibitoye


  • Jamie George
  • Theo Dan
  • Maro Itoje
  • Ben Earl
  • Elliot Daly