Corbisiero ruled out of All Blacks clash

England will have to make do without Alex Corbisiero against the All Blacks after the British & Irish Lion was ruled out with a knee problem. [more]

Corbisiero ruled out of All Blacks clash

England will have to make do without Alex Corbisiero against the All Blacks after the British & Irish Lion was ruled out with a knee problem.

Corbisiero, who looked set to start at Twickenham after an impressive second-half showing against Argentina last-time out, has had more than his fair share of knee injuries in the last 18 months. 

But after a starring role Down Under with the Lions that saw him start the two Tests that the tourists won, the 25-year-old looked to have won his fitness battle.

However a problem with his knee cropped up in Tuesday’s training and with fellow Lion Mako Vunipola also out injured and Joe Marler recovering from a concussion he sustained against the Pumas last weekend, Wasps’ loosehead Matt Mullan has been drafted into the squad.

And Stuart Lancaster is confident that the former Worcester Warriors star will serve as a suitable replacement.

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“Alex took part in Tuesday morning's forwards training session but suffered some discomfort to his knee,” he said.

“He did not train on Tuesday afternoon and will not be available for selection for the weekend.

“It's disappointing for Alex having missed last year's Six Nations because of an injury to his other knee.

“With Mako also unavailable, it's a great opportunity for Joe Marler and Matt Mullan, who has been with us all week and is raring to go in the 23.” 

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