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England prop Alex Corbisiero leaves Northampton

Northampton have announced that England international prop Alex Corbisiero has left the Aviva Premiership club with immediate effect.

Corbisiero, who was part of the 2013 British and Irish Lions' Test series triumph in Australia, has endured a debilitating run of injuries during his playing career.

He recently announced an intention to take a year's break from rugby following his latest injury setback, and Saints' management have now decided to release him early from his contract at Franklin's Gardens.

Corbisiero, 27, joined Northampton in 2013 from London Irish. He has won 20 England caps.

Saints rugby director Jim Mallinder said: "Alex has made a big contribution to the Saints, on and off the pitch, and we've all been frustrated that he has not been able to make a consistent run of appearances in the first team.

"We wish him success in whatever he decides to do in the future."

Corbisiero, meanwhile, paid tribute to Northampton, saying: "I would like to thank everyone in the Northampton Saints organisation for all of their support on and off the field these last couple of years.

"I've had some amazing highs and some frustrating lows while at Saints, but I have always been well looked after and supported.

"I've shared some incredible memories and made some great friendships along the way.

"It has been an honour to be part of such a special group of players, and I wish them all the best for this season and the future.

"It was a privilege to play in front of them (Northampton supporters) at the Gardens, and I will never forget the atmosphere they create and how they rally behind the team week in, week out."

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