RUGBY UNION: Corry Fully Fired for French Test

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Byline: By ANDY MOORHOUSE

MARTIN CORRY insists he has no lingering doubts over his fitness in the run up to Sunday's crunch game with France after recovering from the most painful injury of his career.

The Leicester No. 8 has been out for six weeks after dislocating his elbow in the Tigers' 28-13 victory over Gloucester on January 2.

He was forced to sit out England's 11-9 defeat in Cardiff last weekend - but is now set to earn his 34th cap in a new-look back row on Sunday.

Corry said: "It was the worst injury I've had in terms of pain but I've been able to step up my fitness every week.

"I've done fitness tests, had full contact, had everything thrown at me and there's been no reaction. I just hope all the work I've done will stand me in good stead."

The 31-year old was initially deemed a long shot to make the France game after doctors ruled he would need between six and eight weeks to recover from the blow.

"The most important thing I had in my head was not to squeal because I knew the Leicester lads would be taking the Mickey out of me for the rest of my career," added Corry. …