Prev Game: Aviva Premiership Sat 10th May

prev game - London Irish
team 1 score team 2
London Irish 22 - 20 Sale

Next Game: Aviva Premiership Sat 6th Sep

next game - London Irish
team 1 score team 2
London Irish 16:30 Harlequins

Aviva Premiership reaction - Brian Smith reveals extend of Alex Corbisiero injury

Last Updated: 05/01/13 6:36pm

  • Share:
Brian Smith: Lost Alex Corbisiero to injury before Gloucester win

Brian Smith: Lost Alex Corbisiero to injury before Gloucester win

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith voiced his frustration at the ongoing injury struggles faced by England prop Alex Corbisiero in the aftermath of his side's 18-12 victory over Gloucester.

The Exiles prop was selected to start Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash at Kingsholm, but he was a late withdrawal because of persistent knee trouble.

England kick off their RBS Six Nations campaign in four weeks' time, and there must be considerable doubt about Corbisiero's prospects, although he started recent autumn Tests against South Africa and New Zealand.

"It is very frustrating for us, it is very frustrating for 'Corbs'. It is a tough time for him, and it is a difficult one to balance," Smith said after his side's first away victory of the season.

"His knee is a mess. He has played one-and-a-half games for us this season, and it is very disappointing. Sitting here right now, I couldn't tell you if he is going to play next week or not. He has got degenerative knee issues.

"He trained twice this week. We are bringing him back, and then at the captain's run he pulled out prior to it, and we had to make a change. There is not much of a decision to make when a bloke's knee has blown up and he feels he can't play. You can't put a gun to his head and tell him to get on the paddock.

"He is an honest person, he is a good bloke. He desperately wants to play for us, but it is a very frustrating situation."

Even without Corbisiero, relegation candidates Irish ripped up the Premiership form book by stunning title play-off contenders Gloucester on their home patch.

It took them five points above bottom club Sale Sharks, who tackle Saracens on Sunday, and sent them into a five-week league break with renewed optimism of avoiding the drop.

Smith added: "We picked a big pack so we could go toe-to-toe with them. The game could have gone either way, that is fair to say, but we came out on top. The team showed a lot of character and toughed it out. I thought the whole pack was immense today. It was won up front."

In contrast, Gloucester rugby director Nigel Davies had few complaints after his team suffered a first home defeat since September 1.

"We are hugely disappointed," Davies said. "For whatever reason, as a group, we got it wrong today. We don't think that is acceptable. The important thing is that when you lose games, it's how you deal with it, manage it and come back. Today showed we are not good enough to slip off the hard work, intensity and accuracy.

"When we do that, like we we did today, then we were second best. We had little control over the game. Our set-piece didn't function, which put a bit of pressure on us, and there were far too many errors in our game."

  • Share:


Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 14

Tom Croft: Made his third start since injury against London Welsh

Cockerill: We'll protect Croft

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has called for patience as Tom Croft battles back from injury.

Brian Smith: Wants 16 points for survival

Smith sets survival target

London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith has set his side a target of 16 points from their last eight league games

Kyle Eastmond: Created two tries against Worcester

Gold hails Eastmond talent

Bath head coach Gary Gold hailed England prospect Kyle Eastmond as a "prodigious talent"

Most Popular


Rugby Championship: Round 3

Rugby Championship: Round 3

The Southern Hemisphere's premier rugby tournament continues with a mouthwatering set of fixtures this Saturday.

The Off Load

The Off Load

Rupert Cox reviews the weekend's rugby including the hotly-contested Top 14 in France.

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

So much can change in a sporting week and, sure enough, there have been plenty of highs and lows.