Alex Corbisiero


Alex is one of the most dynamic and exciting front-row forwards in world rugby and was a standout player for the British & Irish Lions on the 2013 tour to Australia, starting both the 1st and 3rd Test matches as the tourists sealed a historic series win.

  • Date of Birth:
  • 30th August 1988
  • Nationality:
  • England
  • Current Team:
  • Northampton Saints (2013 - present)
  • Previous Team:
  • London Irish (2008 - 2013)
  • Position:
  • Prop (loosehead)
  • Honours:
  • England (19 caps), British & Irish Lions (2013, Australia - 2 caps)
  • Height:
  • 1.86m
  • Weight:
  • 120kg

Born in New York, Alex was introduced to rugby at the age of five by his American father after the family moved to England and Alex played for KCS Old Boys, London Scottish, Cobham and London Welsh before joining the London Irish Academy.

Alex has represented England at every level from U18 upwards, and having represented both England and the USA U19s Alex was an ever-present at tight-head prop as England U20s won the Grand Slam in the 2008 Six Nations Championship.

Alex was eligible to represent any of three countries at senior level – England, the USA (by birth), and Italy (through his Italian great grandfather) – but cast his lot with England when he made his debut for the England Saxons against Russia at the 2010 Churchill Cup.

Alex’s rapid rise to the England senior team was complete in February 2011 when, having initially been called up to the squad as injury cover, Andrew Sheridan’s withdrawal gave him his first start against Italy.

The 24-year-old loosehead prop represented England at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand – appearing in four of the five matches – and was an ever-present for England during the 2012 Six Nations with a string of destructive scrummaging performances.

For London Irish Alex made 79 appearances in five seasons following his debut against London Wasps in September 2008, also becoming the youngest player in the professional era to captain the Exiles when he led the side out against Saracens towards the end of the 2011/12 season.

Alex’s final season with London Irish – 2012/13 – was marred by injury though he appeared for England twice in the 2012 Autumn series, against South Africa and New Zealand.

Having missed the 2013 Six Nations due to a knee operation Alex faced a race against time to be fit for England’s summer tour of Argentina, but he duly recovered and started for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham at the end of May, also appearing in the non-cap fixture against a Uruguayan XV in Montevideo the following week.

In line to start for England in the first Test against Argentina in Salta, Alex’s season took another unexpected turn when an injury to Irish prop Cian Healy on the British Lions tour meant an SOS call to South America and Alex embarked on a 23-hour journey via Chile and New Zealand before finally arriving in Australia.

After strong performances in the warm-up matches, Alex made his British & Irish Lions debut in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane as the visitors won 23-21.

A calf injury sustained during the first Test meant Alex had to sit out the second match of the series (which Australia won to level at 1-1) but having regained fitness Alex started the third Test in Sydney and produced a stunning individual performance – scoring the Lions’ opening try in the second minute and then helping the visitors secure complete ascendancy in the scrums – as the Lions recorded a comprehensive 41-16 win to take the series 2-1.

Away from rugby, Alex is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in History at the University of London, Birkbeck College. He also follows a strict gluten and wheat-free diet since his nutritionist diagnosed him with wheat intolerance.

Alex is an ambassador for Adidas, BMW and a supporter of the children’s charity Together for Short Lives.

February 2014: Alex talks about the 2012 6 Nations.
September 2013: England Rugby take on The 02.
September 2013: Alex talks with Sportsvibe about his live for WWE.
August 2013: Alex catches up with SaintsTV for new club Northampton.
June 2013: Alex gives his reaction to being called up by the British & Irish Lions.
May 2013: Alex scores against Leicester Tigers in his final match for London Irish.
March 2012: Alex speaks to RFUtv ahead of the Italy Six Nations match.

Ryan Shahin

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