London Irish prop Corbisiero to miss first two months of seasonBy Alan Manicom
July 05, 2012
London Irish prop Alex Corbisiero expects to miss the opening two months of the season after having an operation on his injured knee.
The 23-year-old loose-head prop, who was yesterday named along with Exiles team-mate Jonathan Joseph in England’s 32-man Elite Player Squad, tweeted: “Op went well . . . I’m out for four months.”
Being sidelined for September and October would rule him out of the club’s first seven Aviva Premiership matches and opening two Amlin Cup group games.
Hooker David Paice is suspended for the opening four matches and Irish can ill afford to be without another member of their first-choice front row.
Paice received a boost yesterday, though, when he and flanker Jamie Gibson were selected in the Saxons’ EPS squad.
However, free-scoring winger Topsy Ojo and second-row forward Matt Garvey were overlooked, while full-back Tom Homer, the top points scorer in the Premiership last season, is still awaiting his first call into the senior set-up.
Meanwhile, London Irish insist their rising young stars will still have plenty of development opportunites despite no longer being able to turn out on loan for London Welsh.
Several played in the Championship last season but will not be able to be dual registered now that London Welsh have been promoted to the Premiership.
Irish instead intend to loan players to their amateur side Wild Geese, as well as giving trials to tight-head prop Charlie Connor and blindside flanker Scott Moore.
Smith said: “I don’t see London Welsh’s promotion making a massive impact on what we do.
“We’ve decided that we’d really like to re-establish our links with the Wild Geese. There will be some dual registration of our younger players and we’ll be trialling Scott Moore and Charlie Connor two of their players who are students of St Mary’s University.
“The A league will finish at Christmas and then we’ll try to make sure that our younger players who don’t feature in the first-team squad are in the right place to develop as fully as they can.