Ellis Genge’s leadership credentials have received emphatic endorsement from England’s most capped player as contingency plans are drawn up in the event that Eddie Jones is robbed of his two established captains.
Courtney Lawes and Owen Farrell are recovering from concussions they suffered during club duty that questioned their opening of the series against Argentina at Twickenham on Sunday week.
Neither player has traveled to England’s training camp in Jersey and while they may still face the Pumas, Jones is considering alternatives to the pair who took charge of Australia in July when Lawes acted as skipper and Farrell was deputy. -captain.
When both Lions were absent in the Six Nations, Tom Curry took the lead, but there is growing support for Genge to continue his transformation from the “diamond in the rough” who joined Leicester in 2016 before returning to the club. hometown, Bristol, as one of Jones’ most highly regarded performers.
Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs, who made a record 117 appearances for England, rates the scene very well.
“When Ellis first arrived in Leicester it was a diamond in the rough. He had all this raw power and talent that needed to shape the way he played, ”Youngs said.
“He would do these crazy rhino races, but to see what it is now, it’s totally different. He is one of the best fools in the world, if not the best.
“His consistency in carrying the ball is constant. This is huge growth. Sometimes you have to tip people because they go and find that growth by working hard.
“When you are blessed with that power and that aggression, you still have to figure out how to use it effectively and he did.
“The Ellis who showed up at the Tigers compared to what is here today are very different characters.
“In terms of leadership he speaks very well. He is very calm, very measured. He has a great feeling with people in terms of how he speaks and interacts.
“The way Leicester plays, you need someone on the face of coal as a captain and Gengey is that through the scrums and the way they carry and tackle.
“It was a natural fit for him, but he also made it his own and grew week after week in that leadership role.
“He would probably be the first to admit he’s trying to improve in that area, but I think he’s doing a great job.”
As Jones contemplates the potential loss of two trusted lieutenants, he has received promising news that a third member of his inner circle of leadership at Luke Cowan-Dickie may be able to resume full training next week.
Cowan-Dickie is struggling with a knee injury he sustained on club service for Exeter over the weekend and with Jamie George missing the whole fall due to a foot problem, a prostitute crisis could loom. .
But striker coach Richard Cockerill provided a positive update on his recovery as rookies George McGuigan and Jack Singleton are put on hold to provide cover.
“Luke took part in some units this (Wednesday) morning. As far as I know, the knee is settling. There is every chance he will train fully next week, ”Cockerill said.
Flanker Lewis Ludlam is struggling with a hip ailment, but Cockerill said he will resume full training next week.