He went on to feature in all three Tests against the Wallabies as Graham Henryâ00s men came close to recording a series victory over the World Champions.
Here, Corry tells http://www.lionsrugby.com/ how he found out about his call up, why it made his Lions experience even more memorable and the repercussions for his family life!
Corry on receiving the good news
â00I was called up on the Friday before we were due to play our second Test for England against Canada. I went down to breakfast and I was completely unaware of what was happening in Australia.
â00Iâ00m pretty grumpy the day before a game so I just got my breakfast and went and sat on my own with a paper. Then Clive Woodward came over and just said â00Simon Taylorâ00s gone down injured and they want to fly you over as his replacementâ00. My mind just went into spin.
â00I got the next flight I could out to Australia. The rest of the squad were up north in Townsville near Cairns in the middle of nowhere. I flew into Brisbane and I was waiting around in the airport for my connection to Townsville when I met a couple of Welsh journalists. They said â00Congratulationsâ00 and I thought they were congratulating me on my call up but they said Iâ00d been picked to play on the Tuesday.
â00With the date line and the travel, it was Monday already, so it was all a bit of whirlwind. Because it all happened so quickly, it never really had time to sink in."
On upsetting the future Mrs Corry
â00My parents were actually out in Canada watching so I told them and they managed to get to Townsville before me, which was slightly odd. My wife had a bit of a different view though because, after we played Canada, I was due to come straight back as we were getting married that year.
â00When I got called up to the Lions, it meant I was going to get back just before the wedding which she wasnâ00t too happy about. It meant there was less organising for me to do when I got back, though, so I was delighted with it!â0
Martin Corry impressed in Australia having not made the original squad
On the plus side of missing the original selection
â00It did make it easier being called up late. Thereâ00s wasnâ00t any time to dwell on it. It was more a case of â00How am I going to get to Australia, what am I going to do, is there going to be someone there to meet me, will someone be waiting for me?
â00When I got there, it was literally a case of â00Hereâ00s your playbook. You need to learn this because youâ00re playing tomorrow.â00 It was all a massive rush.
â00With jet lag and everything, I didnâ00t really know where I was. I then played the Saturday as well so it was all about trying to focus on the games rather than thinking, â00Iâ00m on a Lions tourâ00.â0
Corryâ00s appearances as a 2001 Lion
June 12 vs Queensland Presidentâ00s XV, Townsville, played No8
June 16 vs Queensland, Ballymore, played No8
June 26 vs New South Wales Country Districts, Coffâ00s Harbour, played No8
June 30 vs Australia 1st Test, Brisbane, played blindside flanker
July 3 vs ACT Brumbies, Canberra, played No8
July 7 vs Australia 2nd Test, replacement
July 14 vs Australia 3rd Test, played blindside flanker