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Ellis Genge escapes citing over Sexton incident

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England prop Ellis Genge has escaped a citing for his altercation with Johnny Sexton in Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations rout by Ireland.

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Genge wrestled with Sexton under the posts at the Aviva Stadium, with footage appearing to show him run his elbow across the Ireland captain’s head.

For a disciplinary hearing to be triggered the offence has to be worthy of a red card but the deadline for a citing has passed, meaning Genge has no case to answer.

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The combative Leicester prop came on at half-time of England’s Six Nations finale in Dublin after Mako Vunipola was replaced for giving away successive scrum penalties.

Although producing a number of strong carries, with fracas with Sexton – who was lying beneath him – has been criticised on social media.

Audio from the game revealed the England loosehead admitting to elbowing the Irishman. Sexton can be heard telling referee Mathieu Raynal: “Sir, he elbowed me in the face,” before Genge tells Sexton: “Yeah I did. I did.”

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