Warren Gatland names England duo among his 12 players to watch this Autumn - Ruck

Warren Gatland names England duo among his 12 players to watch this Autumn

Warren Gatland has tipped two England stars to shine during the Autumn Nations Series.

Writing in The Telegraph, the former Wales and Lions boss identified 12 players to watch over the next month of exciting test rugby.

Below we take a look at his choices from the home nations. To read his full list read his article by clicking here.

Warren Gatland’s Players To Watch: Home Nations

#1. Ellis Genge (England)

  • Age: 27
  • Club: Bristol Bears
  • Position: Loosehead-prop

Gatland wrote: “Ellis Genge has really grown in the last year or so. His game has gone to a new level. He’s the real modern day prop: strong in the set-piece but has that carrying game and great mobility around the park. 

“The role of props has definitely changed in the last five years. You have to be mobile, and Genge has fulfilled that role exceptionally well. I’ve been really impressed with how his game has continued to improve and the fact he’s a candidate for the England captaincy.

Ellis Genge of England Rugby is tackled by Will Rowlands of Wales during the Six Nations Championship match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on February 26th 2021. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Ellis Genge facts:

  1. He was Leicester captain as they won the 2021-22 Premiership Rugby title
  2. Genge started playing rugby aged twelve at Old Redcliffians playing in the back row
  3. His scrummaging has benefited from the tutelage of veteran internationals Marcos Ayerza and Dan Cole
  4. Genge has developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia)
  5. The prop scored his first international try in a warm-up game for the 2019 Rugby World Cup against Italy at St James’ Park