Harry Ellis Retires

14 07 2010

Ellis in England mode

Since the 2003 world cup win there has been very little to encourage English rugby fans as the team slid into a mire of mediocrity and bad leadership. Out of the myriad of players who have made their debuts during this time very few have stood out. One of the those, however, was Harry Ellis, the Leicester scrum half and when fit England’s first choice.

Ellis played 27 times for England scoring five tries and also being picked for the British and Irish Lions for their tour of  South Africa where he made his debut in the third test. A dangerous runner from the base of the scrum and by the end of his career a fine distributor, Ellis has now been forced to retire due to persistent knee injury. In our view, Ellis’ Wikipedia entry sums him up pretty accurately if a little inadvertently…

“Ellis is perhaps not the most naturally talented scrum-half, but he more than makes up for that with mental and tireless commitment to the cause.”

Never one to shirk a workload or fail to feature unlike one or two others we could mention, Ellis will be missed and we wish him well in whatever path he chooses to follow now.

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4 responses

14 07 2010
Brian Carpenter

Ellis was never the same player again after his original knee injury, but you’re right, before that he was very good indeed and I always fancied him to be the England scrum-half for years. Now it’ll probably be down to Ben Youngs to win all the caps he might have had.

He was also extremely impressive talking to Matt Dawson on Radio Five Live last night – not a hint of self-pity or disappointment, just glad with what he’d achieved and looking to the future.

14 07 2010
Ben Palmer

Certainly my favourite scrum half since the 2003 World Cup. Like a feisty jack russell (dog not the legendary wicket-keeper) he epitomised the perfect scrum half in my eyes and will be sadly missed.

14 07 2010
Jonathan

Best of luck Harry!

Loved watching you play, always tough when a career ends not on your own terms.

6 08 2010
JPW

Really sad Harry. Best of luck for the future. Rugby won’t be the same any more without your skill and great character and boy, do we need your input more than ever.

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