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‘I heard him choking so I gave him a slap to see if he reacted’: Ellis Genge

by Giga
'I heard him choking so I gave him a slap to see if he reacted': Ellis Genge reveals his role in helping unconscious Italy forward Sebastian Negri by putting him in the recovery position before medics attended

The incident occurred late in the second half Ellis Genge immediately called for medical attention when Italian forwards Sebastian Negri was knocked out by England lock Nick Isiekwe in a collision.

‘I heard him (Negri) choking so I gave him a slap to see if he reacted,’ said Genge.

‘He just carried on choking so I didn’t know if he had swallowed his tongue – that’s why I tried to roll him on his side. I’m not a master in medicine, but I’m pretty sure you are supposed to put them in the recovery position so I tried to do that. I was quickly ushered away by the medics.

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Italy's Sebastian Negri on Monday thanked Elis Genge for his quick reaction to his injury in Rome

‘I let them just carry on. It’s horrible when that happens. I don’t know Seb very well, but a lot of my friends played at Hartpury with him and apparently, he’s a lovely bloke. It wasn’t nice to see.’

Negri on Monday thanked Genge for his quick reaction. ‘Thank you so much Ellis, appreciate all you did. You are a top man. All good this side and feeling a lot better,’ he said.

Genge added: ‘When you are on the pitch, you think rugby is the be-all and end-all, but you are definitely brought back down to earth quickly when something like that happens. I really don’t like seeing people being hurt like that.’

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