|Weight||118kg (18st 8lb)|
An unexpected call for the British & Irish Lions added momentum to the plans this summer of Alex Corbisiero, who was summoned to join the tour party as the replacement for the injured Cian Healy after appearing against the CONSUR XV at Montevideo in the opening match of England’s South American tour. Alex was then chosen in the Lions’ starting side against Australia for the first Test in Brisbane last June and shared in a thrilling 23-21 victory.
He missed the next match through injury but his greatest moment so far followed in Sydney when he not only scored the opening try after 77 seconds from a spin and a roll from close range but was hailed as man of the match by head coach Warren Gatland after the Lions’ 41-16 victory. A twisted left knee sustained while playing for Northampton Saints ruled him out of the opening QBE International against Australia in early November 2013 but he played off the bench in the 31-12 win over Argentina the following week. He missed the subsequent match against New Zealand and his club announced that he was to undergo knee surgery.
His England debut was against Italy in February 2011, which completed his spectacular rise to Test level. He made a significant contribution to the 59-13 win over the Azzurri at Twickenham after being enlisted at loose-head prop when Andrew Sheridan withdrew through injury.
Alex was also a highly effective 23rd-minute replacement in the 17-9 victory over France and was in the starting line-up in the final games of the 2011 Championship against Scotland and Ireland.
His RWC debut was off the bench for Dan Cole in the second pool match against Georgia in Dunedin and his first start in the tournament was against Romania six days later. He began every game in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship and played off the bench in the second Test against South Africa at Johannesburg in June last year but withdrew from the third because of a recurring knee injury.
An appearance in the Premiership final for London Irish against Leicester Tigers in May 2009 had completed a highly successful debut season for Alex. He played in 20 Premiership matches but missed the opportunity to make his England Saxons debut when a knee injury prevented him from figuring in the Churchill Cup. His initial Saxons appearances were in the 2010 tournament.
Alex’s impressive physique casts him in the mould of a contemporary prop and he was introduced to the game at the age of five by his American father. Before joining the Irish in August 2005, he played for KCS Old Boys, London Scottish, Cobham and London Welsh, having been born in New York City, USA. He initially appeared for Surrey Schools and after graduating to England U18, figured in the World Championship for the U19 side in 2007 and represented the USA at the same level.
He started every match in the 2008 U20 Six Nations Grand Slam season. His first game was against Italy in Genoa, a highly appropriate debut because of his Italian-American background. Alex joined Northampton Saints last summer.
Lions: 5 points – 1T
2011 It, F(R), S, I, W, W, World Cup - G(R), R, S(R), F(R) 2012 S, It, W, F, I, SA(2R), SA, NZ 2013 Arg(R)
Lions: 2013 A (1, 3)
Last updated: November 18, 2013