Ex­pe­ri­ence counts for Jen­son in new deal

Prop and Par­ling miss au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als

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ENG­LAND’S in­jury woes con­tin­ued to es­ca­late after Alex Cor­bisiero and Ge­off Par­ling were ruled out of the au­tumn se­ries.

Prop Cor­bisiero will be side­lined un­til early next year after hav­ing surgery to re­pair torn shoul­der lig­a­ments, while sec­ond row Par­ling is ex­pected to re­turn from con­cus­sion in De­cem­ber.

The loss of Cor­bisiero is a huge set­back to Eng­land, who are now miss­ing four front rows for the se­ries against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Aus­tralia.

The Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions loose­head joins Tom Youngs, Dan Cole and Mako Vu­nipola among the wounded after be­ing hurt in Northamp­ton’s 31-24 Premier­ship win over Bath on Satur­day.

Cor­bisiero was poised to play a full role at Twick­en­ham in Novem­ber hav­ing bat­tled back from the suc­ces­sion of se­ri­ous knee in­juries that have ham­pered his ca­reer.

“The spe­cial­ist’s ad­vice is that the tear needed sur­gi­cal re­pair so that Cor­bisiero can play to an op­ti­mum level in the fu­ture,” a Northamp­ton state­ment read.

“The Saints and Eng­land med­i­cal teams are lias­ing on Cor­bisiero’s treat­ment and re­cov­ery.”

Just two hours after Northamp­ton’s up­date on Cor­bisiero had been is­sued yes­ter­day, Le­ices­ter di­rec­tor of rugby Richard Cock­er­ill con­firmed Par­ling was fac­ing two months of re­cov­ery.


Par­ling has been con­cussed five times in 11 months, most re­cently in the 45-0 Premier­ship de­feat at Bath 10 days ago.

The Lions lock also sus­tained head trauma in a pre-sea­son friendly against Ed­in­burgh and was out for three weeks. While Par­ling is fac­ing a two-month spell out, Cock­er­ill dis­pelled con­cerns over his play­ing ca­reer.

“Ge­off saw the rel­e­vant spe­cial­ist this week and will have time out of the game now,” Cock­er­ill said.

“He’ll prob­a­bly have three or four weeks of com­plete down time and then he’ll be rein­te­grated into train­ing.

“You’d like to think that by De­cem­ber he’ll be play­ing again. And there’s no doubt about that, he will play again. There are no is­sues over that.

“It’s more that he’s had suc­ces­sive con­cus­sions in a short pe­riod of time. You have to take that very se­ri­ously, as we do.” JEN­SON BUT­TON has made another push to re­main at McLaren after sug­gest­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is the key if the team’s rekin­dled re­la­tion­ship with Honda is to hit the ground run­ning.

The Ja­panese en­gine man­u­fac­turer is re­turn­ing to For­mula One for the first time since pulling their team out of the sport ahead of the 2009 sea­son – the year But­ton was crowned cham­pion.

McLaren will see a 20-year part­ner­ship with Mercedes come to an end be­fore the 2015 sea­son and have signed a deal to be re­united with Honda, with who they en­joyed a pe­riod of dom­i­na­tion in the late 1980s.

But­ton – the most ex­pe­ri­enced driver on the grid with 261 Grand Prix to his name – may not be a part of the re­union as his con­tract ex­pires at the end of this year.


Although he has said he is “pretty happy” that a new deal may soon be in place to see him stay with the team for a sixth year, fel­low cham­pi­ons such as Fer­nando Alonso, Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Lewis Hamil­ton have all been linked with a McLaren seat for 2015.

But But­ton said: “It would help them if they had ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers driv­ing their car for de­vel­op­ment rea­sons.

“You need driver in­put and feel, from ex­pe­ri­ence – you def­i­nitely ben­e­fit from that.”

The cham­pi­onship re­turns to Suzuka this week­end – a race which But­ton, who is en­gaged to Ja­panese fash­ion model Jessica Michi­bata, al­ways looks for­ward to.

He added: “Com­ing to Suzuka feels like a sec­ond home race for me.”

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