Lions in Australia: Alex Corbisiero determined to make most of his chance
Alex Corbisiero is determined to make the most of his Lions chance after travelling 8,000 miles to join the squad.
Last Updated: 11/06/13 10:22am
The England prop was summoned to Australia from a tour of Argentina in the wake of injuries to Cian Healy and Gethin Jenkins, and he finally touched down in Brisbane on Saturday after five flights.
Corbisiero goes straight into the side to face a NSW-Queensland Country side in Tuesday's warm-up, giving him a chance to stake a Test claim at the end of an injury-hit season.
"There is a lot of rugby between now and the first Test," said the London Irish player, whose knee problems forced him to miss the Six Nations earlier this year.
"I am looking forward to putting my hand up, and if it comes it comes, if it doesn't it doesn't, but I am going to try to make the most of the opportunity I have been given.
"I feel very good. It has been a frustrating year with injury, but it is one of those things I can't do anything about.
"You control the controllables, and that was being patient and making sure I got my knee right and got back to full fitness. I feel fresh and ready and match-fit.
"I have had no reaction with the knee. Obviously, you are not going to do anything stupid, you just keep an eye on the training load and make sure you don't do too much on it in the week, but at the moment it has been absolutely fine.
"I have no issues, and I am very grateful I took the time and was patient with it to make sure it was right.
"Being injured is never fun, but friends and family help pull you through and stay positive. I've done everything I can to get right, and I feel very grateful to be here and have such an opportunity to do something as prestigious as the Lions."