Corbisiero reaping benefits of summer off
July 6, 2014
Alex Corbisiero stands alongside the Aviva Premiership trophy at the unveiling of the 2014-15 fixtures © Getty Images
England prop Alex Corbisiero is adamant the short-term gamble of sitting out their summer tour of New Zealand will see him reap long-term benefits.
Corbisiero missed much of last season due to a knee injury and opted to have a summer of rest rather than touring to New Zealand despite returning from injury in time to help Northampton Saints to their Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup double.
Corbisiero watched on from New York as Joe Marler started all three Tests against the All Blacks at loose-head but is hopeful he will be able to force his way back into the reckoning this season.
"You always run the risk of being knocked back in the pecking order if you miss such an important tour," Corbisiero said. "Other guys have the chance to put their hands up. And the guys who played against the All Blacks did very well.
"But I am confident in my own ability. Self-belief is crucial for a player and I know that if I get 100% fit and ready that will put me in a good position to be selected.
"Of course there were moments when I was wishing I was with the boys over in New Zealand. As tough a decision as it was it was the right thing to do. I am already feeling the benefits."
First up for Corbisiero's Saints are Gloucester and he is fully focused on making the best possible impact from the start of the season.
"I need to get my body into the best kind of condition for that opening game. I will build a base for the long, hard haul which lies ahead between now and the World Cup next year.
"Playing in a World Cup is the pinnacle of a rugby player's career and I want to put myself in a good place to do just that."
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