Lions call up Alex Corbisiero

corbsAlex 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 today from Salta – where England play the first of two Tests against the Pumas on Saturday – on the first leg of his trip to Australia.

Cian Healy left the field on a stretcher during the Lions game against the Force and it looked like a potentially tour-ending injury. Healy has also been cited for an alleged biting incident during the game.

What are your thoughts? Is Corbisiero the right man to replace Healy?

24 thoughts on “Lions call up Alex Corbisiero

  1. Good decision, happy they’ve acted swiftly as well, if Corbs (or Grant) had played this weekend they wouldn’t be available for the next midweek fixture. A big destructive scrummaging unit with great work rate out of the scrum is a valuable addition to the squad.

  2. Corbs? Not really, he wasn’t close to my squad picks. I’m not the coach though. I was thinking Sheridan.

  3. Not happy about this at all. Truly worthy player but think it would have been better for him to anchor the eng side against some tough opposition rather than sit on the bench for the lions now that jenkins is fit. Will be well and truly f*ckt off if he isn’t given a proper chance.

    Why couldn’t it have waited until after the first test. This must be a big disruption for england. This is an important series the lions are not the be all and end all….

      1. For a lot of people the lions are an irrelevance. What does it really achieve? A series win everyy 20 yrs? Big deal. England’s tour is an important part of the sides development. It actually matter s if we win or lose.

        1. “What does it really achieve?” Benjit, you could ask that about all sport. It only matters as much as people care about the result. The Lions is a truly enthralling spectacle and each tour is an historic occasion; to me, it matters.

          1. Benjit I’m flying all the way to Australia this summer to watch it; that’s how much it matters to me. Flying to Argentina didn’t cross my mind once…

        2. Even from a purely England perspective that’s pretty myopic. Corbs is likely to learn and develop more as a player training with the likes of Jones and competing with the likes of Jenkins than he would have got from spending another 10 days in Argentina.

          What I hope England (Lancaster) have recognised as a result of the lions selection is that only 1 English player was good enough to claim 1 of the 11 centre and back 3 squad spaces. This is where we need to find solutions in Argentina, not at loose-head prop where we have plenty of excellent ones.

          1. Completely agree Matt, and I really good point. England do not have massive issues in the pack, it is getting the backs flowing where we have issues. I would say outside of Youngs and Tuilagi, the rest of our backline lacks a lot of class (except maybe Foden is fit and firing).

          2. agree with both matt and jacob, that the forwards are not a problem for england.

            also, Lancaster has come out saying that he is happy players are with the lions because, and i quote, “they will come back better players”.

            and on a final note. if winning was so totally important for england, then why did they leave people like robshaw and flood at home?

            it is a development tour for england. we all know that Corbs is a good prop. its time for Marler and others to step up and prove themselves properly.

            also i think that this shows that had corbs been fit for the 6Ns, he may have been a first choice lion. will be interesting to see how he goes.

          3. Unashamedly one-eyed when it comes to England, but do take yours and the above made points and have suitably calmed down. Just wish they could have waited until after Saturday

  4. Gutted for England. Really annoyed in terms of England, but give the guy his chance I suppose and he is certainly the best LH replacement… to be honest I’d rate him above Healy and Vunipola anyway, certainly at scrummaging…

  5. could be good for the lions to have a scrummaging specialist, I do feel bad for Ryan Grant though he will probably feel that he should’ve got on tour in the first place given how good hes been this year and now to be beat out by a guy who missed the majority of the season with injury will be a bitter blow.

  6. Not good for the Lions, I really think Heally was on the team sheet for most people, he is a hell of a player, however it was always going to happen and to be fair prop is one of our stronger positions and therefore Iw ould rather loose a prop than a 10.

    I would have taken Sheridan, he has th Lions experience and he is a better scrummager than Corbs, although Corbs will do great, I really rate him.

  7. Ryan Grant must feel so hard done by, one of the most consistent props throughout Europe! His work rate is unbelievable and he makes meter after mater when he has the ball. Does Gatland have a problem with him?! Either that or they are just going on Rowntree’s word, very English biased selection!!!

    1. excluding when he has had injury problems, Corbs is one of the best props in Europe, and on a consistent basis also. he is a hell of a scrummager (a props primary job, lest we forget) and he can carry and tackler quite destructively also.

      sure, Grant was unlucky to miss out (initially and now), but had injury not caused him to miss the 6Ns, Corbs could have been a real contender in the first place too.

  8. I’ll eat my hat. I said I thought Corbs was a very good option, but I doubted he’d get picked based on his lack of game time this year.

    He is an excellent player, not a bad replacement. We’ll certainly see him in a Lions shirt this tour and hopefully a test shirt. He may have to bench it for a test though.

    1. Gatland has shown with other selections that hes not bothered about players with long injury lay offs as long as they’ve proved they can do it in the past. eg POC, Bowe, Lydiate. Admittedly corbs probably doesn’t have the stature of these 3 but He obviously trusts his ability to get the best out of players.

  9. Good selection. Had to be him or Grant. Really rate Corbs – I can see him making a huge impact and getting some test time.

  10. I noted this on another thread, but worth repeating here in a different context.

    I watched teh England v CONSUR game on Sunday. Corbisiero cam on at around the hour, straight into a dominant scrum (for Marler).

    It went down, he was penalised. Next two scrums exactly the same, with the third, he received a yellow card for persistant offence. Marler cam on, scrum stayed up, and England went forward.

    Irony – I doubt very much as he trudged off, he was expecting to be on the next plane to Australia!

    That said; the ref was at fault. I like Corbisiero, he is strong in teh tight and very active in the loose. It is tough on Grant (and Paul James), and I would have gone for Sheridan BUT i think he will do well.

  11. I think he was a little unlucky for Corbs in that match. That last collapse was his fault, but I don’t think the others were.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Grant get a call up and Sheridan is still a great player in the tight and loose. Prop is an injury prone position though so it wouldn’t surprise me to see someone called up

  12. Anyone got any thoughts on who could/should replace Corbs in the England squad? Obviously Marler will be first choice for the tests, but come the autumn I suspect he will have fallen some way down the pecking order, especially the way Vunipola is playing.

    1. Is Matt Mullan on Tour? If not, perhaps Nathan Catt at Bath – he seems to be well talked of, and has come through the England age groups.

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