Alex Corbisiero

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Alex Corbisiero
Alex Corbisiero Northampton (cropped).png
Corbisiero playing for Northampton Saints in 2013
Birth name Alexander R. Corbisiero
Date of birth (1988-08-30) 30 August 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth New York City, United States
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 124 kg (19 st 7 lb)[1]
School Hall School Wimbledon
University London School of Economics
Birkbeck, University of London
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loosehead prop
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
London Irish
Northampton Saints
Correct as of 17 September 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
England U20
England Saxons
British and Irish Lions
Correct as of 9 November 2013

Alexander R. Corbisiero (born 30 August 1988) is a retired rugby union loosehead prop who last played for Premiership side Northampton Saints.


Born 30 August 1988, Alexander Corbisiero is the great grandson of Riccardo Corbisiero, who emigrated from Naples to the United States in 1923 and established Riccardo's – a restaurant well known for its continental cuisine – in Astoria, Queens in the early 1950s.[2] Alex was born in New York City to the restaurateur's grandson and his English wife.[3] He immigrated to England with his parents shortly before his fifth birthday.[4]

Corbisiero was first educated at Hall School Wimbledon, then Reed's School, finally graduating from ACS Cobham International School in 2006, where he was also captain of the school's Cougars rugby team.[5] He studied at the London School of Economics.[6] He is currently studying for a BA in History at Birkbeck, University of London which he started in 2009. [7][8]

Club career[edit]

He joined the London Irish Academy in August 2005, making his professional club debut against London Wasps in the 2008 London Double Header.[9]

Corbisiero was a used replacement in the final of the 2008–09 Guinness Premiership.[10]

On 16 January 2013, Corbisiero left London Irish to sign for Northampton Saints for the 2013/14 season.[11]

Corbisiero left Northampton Saints in January 2016 due to an injury plagued time at the club.[12]

International career[edit]

Alex Corbisiero in England kit in 2013.
Corbisiero playing for England in 2013.

Corbisiero has represented England at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level.[6] He competed for England at the 2007 Under 19 Rugby World Championship.[13]

In 2008 Corbisiero was a member of the England under-20 team that won the grand slam[14] and reached the final of the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship.[15]

Corbisiero was eligible to represent either England, Italy, Ireland or the USA at senior level, but cast his lot with England when he made his debut for the England Saxons against Russia at the 2010 Churchill Cup.[16][17]

Corbisiero made his senior debut for England against Italy on 12 February 2011 after Andrew Sheridan was ruled out of the match with a back injury.[4] He went on to feature in four of England's five tests as they won the Six Nations Championship, with injury ruling Sheridan out for the rest of the tournament. Corbisiero represented England at the Rugby World Cup 2011.

On 5 June, Corbisiero was added to the British and Irish Lions squad for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. He replaced Irish prop Cian Healy after he was injured during the second tour match against Western Force.[18] Corbisiero started the first Test against Australia on Saturday 22 June. Corbisiero scored the Lions' first try in their victorious third test against Australia which clinched the series.

Media career[edit]

After announcing his intentions to take a year out from Rugby,[12] Corbisiero was an analyst for NBC Sports coverage of the Aviva Premiership.[19]. While guest hosting on the Rugby Pod podcast in early 2018 Alex acknowledge it was unlikely he would be returning to professional rugby.


  1. ^ "Lions player profile". web page. Lions Rugby. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Corbisiero replaces Sheridan in England line-up". ESPN Scrum. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cor blimey! Alex has made instant impact". Get Wokingham. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Corbisiero replaces Sheridan for England". BBC. 11 February 2011. Archived from the original on 11 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Alex Corbisiero". Retrieved 23 June 2013. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Corbisiero hope at England future". BBC. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Alex CORBISIERO – Client". James Grant. 11 March 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Corbisiero looks to avoid being part of Italian history". Northern Echo. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "London Irish profile". London Irish official site. 6 May 2008. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Leicester 10–9 London Irish". BBC. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Northampton Saints to sign London Irish Alex Corbisiero". BBC Sport. 16 January 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Alex Corbisiero leaves Northampton after an injury too far". The Guardian. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Samoa U19 12–20 England U19". BBC. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "Grand Slam glory for England Under 20s". RFU. 14 March 2008. Archived from the original on 23 September 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "England U20 3–38 NZ U20". BBC. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "England Saxons 49–17 Russia". BBC. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  17. ^ Under IRB regulations, a player becomes permanently committed to a nation upon his first presence in a matchday squad with the country's full national team, "A" national team (such as England Saxons), or sevens national team. "Regulation 8: Eligibility to Play for National Representative Teams" (PDF). Regulations Relating to the Game. International Rugby Board. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011.  See especially Regulations 8.1 through 8.4.
  18. ^ "Corbisiero added to Lions squad". Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Alex Corbisiero takes front row seat as NBC shows English Premiership rugby". The Guardian. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 

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