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VIDEO – Corbisiero reacts to Lions call-up

05 June 2013

  • Alex Corbisiero to depart Argentina to join Lions squad
  • England loose head called up as cover for Ireland’s Cian Healy


Alex Corbisiero is leaving England’s tour of Argentina to join the British & Irish Lions as cover for injured prop Cian Healy.

The London Irish loose head departs soon from Salta – where England play the first of two Tests against the Pumas on Saturday – on the first leg of his trip to Australia.

“We’re delighted for Alex,” said England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster.

“It’s very pleasing for him after he missed the Six Nations through injury and he goes with our full support and blessing. All the England players and management couldn’t be more pleased for him to get this opportunity.”

Alex Corbisiero (R) with England and British & Irish Lions teammates Tom Youngs (C) and Dan Cole

Photo: Getty Images

British & Irish Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland said: "Cian has had an X-ray and, while his left ankle is not broken, he will be assessed further when we get to Brisbane. In the meantime we need to get Alex over here as soon as possible and I am thankful to Stuart Lancaster for letting him go so quickly."

England have no plans to add a replacement to their squad in Argentina at this stage. The team to face the Pumas at the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena is named at 15:00 BST tomorrow. The second Test is at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on June 15.