- Alex Corbisiero on the aims of three-day England camp in Loughborough
- "We want time to gel as a squad" – London Irish loosehead prop
England are in Loughborough for their summer camp and the overarching aim is to crystallise the strong bonds they have established as a squad, according to injured prop Alex Corbisiero.
The Senior and Saxons Elite Player Squads have assembled at the university facilities for three days of fitness testing, conditioning, rugby training and squad, unit and individual meetings, with just 92 days until the first QBE International against Fiji on November 10.
Despite being injured, London Irish loosehead Corbisiero is in Loughborough for the duration of the meet and his presence is an indication of the value placed on the players spending time together, alongside their continued rugby development.
England’s 32-man senior squad will spend 14 weeks as a group during the 2012/13 season and the 23-year-old said: “We’re touching base again, reviewing what went well in South Africa, what didn’t go well and then laying the building blocks for us to progress again when we meet up in the autumn.
“It’s great to have both squads here – we get some rugby in, physical testing and time just to gel as a squad a bit more because otherwise we wouldn’t see each other for a while.
“It’s great to see some familiar faces and meet some new faces too.”
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Corbisiero will miss the infamous England fitness test tomorrow morning as he continues his rehabilitation from the knee injury sustained in South Africa, with the aim an October return for the Exiles.
But 16-Test man is still expecting a tough schedule of recovery the medical and conditioning staff and says attendance at all the team’s activities is important to stay connected with their upward trajectory.
“I’ll be there cheering the boys on [for the fitness test] and then be in the gym, the pool and the rehab room but I’ll be watching so I’m involved and I know what’s going on so when I do return I’m up to speed,” he said.
“Our ultimate goal is to win a world cup in our own country and we’ve got a great squad and a great Saxons squad with a ton a talent to come through and bolster us further.
“It’s brilliant to have everyone here together, getting us all on the same page. Guys like myself and Chris Robshaw [who is recovering from a thumb injury] are not training fully but we’re here and all want to be on the journey to 2015 and beyond.”
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With Great Britain in the midst of Olympics fever on a the back of a glut of gold medals from our Olympians, the groundswell of public support and its effect on performances has not gone unnoticed by England’s rugby players.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup is the next major sporting tournament in England and for Corbisiero the honour of competing in a home tournament is a feeling he finds it difficult to comprehend.
He added: “The athletes have been outstanding and the crowds have carried them on. I can’t even imagine what that must feel like and hopefully I’ll be able to achieve that in 2015.
“We’ve got a long road ahead of us but there is something bright to look forward to when you see the experiences people are having at the London Olympics.”