Corbisiero dismisses retirement fears

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:15
Large alex corbisiero scrum Large alexcorbisiero Large alex corbisiero eng trains

England prop Alex Corbisiero has dismissed fears that he might be forced to retire due to a knee injury.

England prop Alex Corbisiero has dismissed fears that he might be forced to retire due to a knee injury.

The London Irish powerhouse is currently sidelined by a recurrent knee problem and will miss the beginning of the Six Nations.

The Exiles’ head coach Brian Smith described the problem as degenerative and suggested Corbisiero’s career could be cut short.

But the 24-year-old has kicked those fears into touch and insists he will return to full fitness and feature for England in the Championship.

"Degenerative is definitely incorrect and it was maybe the wrong phrase to use," said Corbisiero.

"It is not really any effect on my career or anything like that. It just needs time to get 100 percent.

"My knee will get better, it will settle down. I have been reassured by everyone.

"It has been a frustrating injury for me, to come back from my surgery and have it flare up again.

"I am letting it settle down to get 100 percent healthy so I can push on again. I can't rush it. I am hoping to be back playing in the next couple of weeks."

Corbisiero underwent surgery after damaging his knee during the last year’s tour of South Africa.

He returned to fitness in November but suffered a recurrence during England’s famous triumph over New Zealand.

Corbisiero, who could yet throw his hat into the British and Irish Lions selection ring, will quit London Irish at the end of the season to join Northampton Saints.

The Exiles are battling against relegation but Corbisiero insists he is not jumping from a sinking ship.

"This season hasn't been ideal but it has been a transition year for us. All teams go through periods of transition," added Corbisiero.

"A lot of guys who have been key to London Irish left last season and you will always feel a void but we have lot of talented young players.

"I feel we are starting to turn the corner. The boys put in a great performance to get a win at Gloucester and I definitely think they will stay up.

"The club has a bright future. I just felt it was the right time for me to make the move, to put myself in a new environment with a new challenge."

Source: lionsrugby.com

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 06 May 2016
Crusaders v Reds 07h35 Christchurch
Brumbies v Bulls 09h40 Canberra
Griffons v Eagles 15h00 Welkom
EP Kings v Blue Bulls 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Sat, 07 May 2016
Sunwolves v Force 05h15 Tokyo
Chiefs v Highlanders 07h35 Hamilton
Waratahs v Cheetahs 09h40 Sydney
Leopards v Boland 12h30 Potchefstroom
Griquas v Border 13h00 Kimberley
Sharks v Hurricanes 13h00 Durban
Pumas v Namibia 13h00 Mpumalanga
Golden Lions v Free State Cheetahs 13h00 Randburg
Wasps v London Irish 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 14h30 Sixways
Bath v Leicester Tigers 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Northampton Saints 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 Twickenham
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks 14h30 Kingston Park
Zebre v Dragons 15h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Munster v Scarlets 15h00 Thomond Park
Ospreys v Ulster 15h00 Liberty Stadium
Connacht v Glasgow Warriors 15h00 Sportsground
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 15h00 BT Murrayfield
Leinster v Treviso 15h00 RDS
Kings v Blues 15h05 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Western Province 15h30 Durban
PREMIERSHIP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 21 16 1 4 75
Exeter Chiefs 21 14 0 7 69
Wasps 21 14 0 7 67
Leicester Tigers 21 14 0 7 64
Sale Sharks 21 10 2 9 54
Harlequins 21 10 1 10 55
Northampton Saints 21 11 0 10 56
Gloucester 21 10 1 10 49
Bath 21 8 0 13 43
Worcester Warriors 21 7 0 14 35
Newcastle Falcons 21 5 1 15 26
London Irish 21 4 0 17 20