Future Saint Alex Corbisiero has been ruled out of England’s Six Nations campaign after having knee surgery.
The London Irish prop, who will move to Franklin’s Gardens this summer, underwent a procedure to clear out a ‘loose body’ in his knee last Wednesday.
And it has now been revealed he will play no part for England during the Six Nations, which starts with a home game against Scotland on Saturday.
Despite Corbisiero’s recent trouble, which led to Irish boss Brian Smith labelling the player’s knee a ‘a mess’, Saints forwards coach Dorian West remained unconcerned in a recent interview.
He said: “He’s had a bad knee injury that’s messed him around for a bit of a while now but the feeling is from the medical teams that he’s going to recover, he just needed a bit of rest.
“He’s a good player, he manages himself well, he’s very intelligent and I don’t think there’s a doubt there at the minute.”