Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Corbisiero Is Glad He's a History Boy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Corbisiero Is Glad He's a History Boy

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Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent

[bar] LEX CORBISIERO is having to find time for his university education in the middle of a crash course on how to survive relentless international examinations of his front-row skills with France providing the next test.

After the disappointment of a 19-12 defeat to Wales, England's players were given time away from training last week and Corbisiero took the opportunity to work on the BA in History he is taking at the University of London's Birkbeck College.

"I'm in my third year and have to hand in work by the end of this month," said the London Irish prop whose modules are Germany and Italy -- the making of two nations.

"I am really enjoying the work and they are very interesting. It is a stroke of luck that all the different parts of Italy came together -- but I am not going to bore you about that! It is a total misconception that front-row forwards are not deep thinkers."

Central to Corbisiero's development as an international prop is the help and advice of Graham 'Wig' Rowntree, the England forwards coach who is famous for his ability to talk for hours about the minute details of scrummaging. Rowntree has been ironing out technical problems created by the excellence of the Wales props Adam Jones and Gethin Jenkins at Twickenham.

Corbisiero, who has 13 caps, is confident the renowned France pack will not be able to exploit similar weaknesses in Paris on Sunday.

The 23-year-old said: "Gethin's work rate in defence is tremendous and he is a very effective ball carrier. Adam is a very smart tight-head and if you try something that might have worked with a different opponent, at the next scrum he has come up with a counter move. It sums up the experience he has amassed during his international and for me it is a big learning curve. …

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