Rugby

England prop released from Northampton contract

2016-01-12 20:02
Alex Corbisiero (File)

London - Injury-plagued England prop Alex Corbisiero has left Northampton with immediate effect, the English Premiership club announced on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old has endured a succession of injury problems since impressing for the British and Irish Lions during their triumphant tour of Australia in 2013, and underwent knee surgery last month.

He subsequently announced that he would be taking a year-long sabbatical at the end of the season, citing mental rather than physical factors, but Northampton have now decided to release him early from his contract.

"I would like to thank everyone in the Northampton Saints organisation for all of their support on and off the field these last couple of years," Corbisiero said in a statement.

"I've had some amazing highs and some frustrating lows while at Saints, but I have always been well looked after and supported. I've shared some incredible memories and made some great friendships along the way.

"It has been an honour to be part of such a special group of players, and I wish them all the best for this season and the future.

"It was a privilege to play in front of them (Northampton supporters) at the Gardens, and I will never forget the atmosphere they create and how they rally behind the team week in, week out."

Corbisiero, capped 20 times by England, joined Northampton from London Irish in 2013, but has featured only sporadically since then.

"Alex has made a big contribution to the Saints, on and off the pitch, and we've all been frustrated that he has not been able to make a consistent run of appearances in the first team," said rugby director Jim Mallinder.

"We wish him success in whatever he decides to do in the future."

Read more on:    alex corbisiero  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Up next for the Springboks, the Rugby Championship. Where do you see Allister Coetzee's men finishing that tournament?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.