England prop to take year out

2015-12-13 20:49
Alex Corbisiero (File)

London - England and Northampton prop Alex Corbisiero will take a year-long sabbatical from the game at the end of the season, he revealed in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

The 27-year-old has battled a succession of injury problems since a strong showing for the British and Irish Lions in 2013 and underwent a knee operation last week.

But Corbisiero said it was mental, rather than physical, factors that had prompted him to take a year out.

"The decision was made before I knew that I would need that knee surgery," he told the Sunday Times.

"My contract with Northampton Saints was up at the end of the year and I just decided not to renegotiate with Saints or speak with any other club. I am not stopping because I don't have options.

"It is a decision that I feel is necessary if, in the longer term, I'm going to be the player I want to be. It is way more mental than physical.

"It's no secret I've had a number of injuries and there's been some frustrating times. But mentally I am drained and I'm really looking forward to some time away from the game.

"Recharge my batteries, come back re-motivated, ready to crack on again."

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