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VIDEO – No margin for error says Corbisiero

22 September 2011

  • Corbisiero set to make his sixth start for England
  • It’s the pinnacle of my career – Corbisiero

England and London Irish prop Alex Corbisiero is set to make his sixth start for England on Saturday, when Martin Johnson’s men take on Romania in Dunedin in their third Pool B match.

The 23-year-old loosehead will make his first start of the Rugby World Cup, after coming off the bench against Georgia, and while he accepts that there is absolutely no margin for error in New Zealand, he’s still thoroughly enjoying the whole experience.

England prop Alex Corbisiero in line to make his first World Cup start

Photo: Getty Images

“I’m still pinching myself,” he said. ”It’s all quite surreal – it’s the pinnacle of my career. I’ve dreamed of it since I was a little kid and now getting the start is just amazing, I’m enjoying it and just so proud to be wearing the rose and representing my country at the tournament.”

Corbisiero is currently studying for a History degree at University in England, and although that is currently on hold, history shows that the so called lesser nations are closing the gap on the rugby powerhouses, and Corbisiero is all too aware of the threat Romania pose.

“It will be a real battle this weekend, their pack is really physical and they relish scrum time. I think we can expect a real battle, and it’s our job to front up and meet them full on.”

Corbisiero added: “There’s so much attention on the World Cup and there’s no margin for error whatsoever. After the pool stages every game could be your last, we don’t want to go home and we're just focusing on what’s coming and making sure that we’re fully prepared.”