Prop Ellis Genge says Leicester Tigers’ Premiership final against Saracens (Outright – Leicester 15/8, Saracens 4/9) at Twickenham on Saturday is the “biggest game of my career”.
In what will be his final game for the Tigers before a summer switch to hometown club Bristol Bears, Genge will be hoping to lead them to Premiership glory, nine years after they last picked up the trophy.
In recent years, the Welford Road outfit have struggled and finished 11th in both the 2019 and 2020 seasons, winning only 13 of a possible 44 games.
However, they have been rejuvenated in recent times by former England international Steve Borthwick joining as head coach and now they are 80 minutes away from adding to their ten Premiership titles.
Saracens stand in their way, with the London club themselves looking to bounce back after a very difficult period.
In 2020, they were demoted to the Championship due to a breach of salary cap rules, but came straight back up and are now looking for a sixth Premiership title.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Genge says he has come to terms with his decision to leave and has praised all at the club for helping them get back to the top of the sport.
“It has been a lot of hard work and a lot of good people putting a lot of time in away from the scenes, outside working hours, to get us where we are,” the captain said.
“So, I can hopefully leave on Saturday with my head held high.
“I haven’t packed up, I still live up here, and I’ve got the biggest game of my career on Saturday, and I will wait until after that for thinking about that stuff.”