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Corbisiero targets autumn Tests clean sweep
ESPN Staff
August 17, 2012
London Irish's Alex Corbisiero next to UFC fighter John Hathaway, London, August 15, 2012
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England prop Alex Corbisiero is targeting four wins from four when his side face South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Fiji in November.

Corbisiero is currently on the sidelines and expects to be back in action in October after having the meniscus on his right knee repaired. Despite wanting a clean sweep of victories, Corbisiero admits that the side must stay focused on a game-by-game approach rather than looking at the bigger picture. "I think as a team we've just got to win the next game," Corbisiero told ESPN. "The way we've got to approach it is, the first game is Fiji, we will hopefully win that game. And from then Australia, and progress through it.

"Our target at the start is going to be four from four and I think we have a realistic chance of doing it if we get things right on the day. But it's not going to be easy, they are some of the best times in the world, but I'm sure it's within us to get four from four and that's going to be our goal, but its rugby and anything can happen so we'll take each game as it comes."

He made just one appearance from the bench on England's tour to South Africa in June, but he hopes to be back in the thick of the action when the Boks come to Twickenham to November. It was a frustrating experience for Corbisiero watching on from the sidelines in South Africa but he claims that the whole team learned from the experience.

"Injury is always frustrating, it is part of the game but obviously sitting on the side watching the team play without you it is very frustrating," Corbisiero said. "I think as a whole, there were positives, when I did play I played well, thought as a team we played well in almost every game , there was just parts of those games where we let ourselves down.

"It would have been nice to come away from those games with a win but it has been a big learning experience for the team and I'm sure we'll take that going forward. I still did enjoy it but it was obviously frustrating for a number of reasons."

The London Irish prop has primarily packed down at loose-head for the national side and this is where he wants to remain. He claims that is where he is "most dominant" and much of his position relies on sheer strength and the adaptability in the scrum. This is something that is also a fundamental aspect of Mixed Martial Arts with Corbisiero a keen follower of the UFC. For him, there are similarities between the two sports.

"From my experience, the strength conditioning could be similar, obviously from a conditioning basis it is a contact sport, they're both contact sports so it's not just like an aerobic fitness base where it's just constant running, it is contact, getting back up, getting in. it is a sustained period of time, so obviously MMA has got 5 minute rounds but we've got two 40 minute halves. But with MMA you've got a couple of minutes at a time and then a quick break. So it's a combination of all that."

The UFC will be returning to the UK on 29th September at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham. To purchase tickets, please visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.ufc.com

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