Exiles star Corbisiero ready to replace stricken Sheridan

ENGLAND prop Alex Corbisiero insists he’s ready to make the most of a World Cup opportunity presented to him by Andrew Sheridan’s untimely injury.

Sheridan damaged his shoulder in last weekend’s bruising encounter against Argentina and will play no further part in the tournament, opening the door for London Irish’s Corbisiero to make a significant impact in New Zealand.

The American-born 23-year-old, who was one of the finds of England’s Six Nations campaign earlier this year, was disappointed to see Sheridan suffer such a painful fate but is confident he can bring the necessary bite to England’s front row.

“When my opportunity comes I’ll be ready to take it and make the most of it,” Corbisiero said.

“Responsibility will fall on all of us, as a front row, as a pack. There’s four of us (props) left here and it’s going to be a big job for all of us.

“Losing someone with the experience of Sheridan is tough, but it will make us stronger and pull together. We have four good players there.

“I was aware Sheri had a niggle form the weekend but I didn’t realise the severity of it until I heard a couple of the boys talking about it.

“I just wish him all the best. He’s a world-class player. He’s a big hero of mine. I think the squad will miss him tremendously, but we’ve just got to get on with it now and go forward together as a team.”