Corbisiero revels on the big stage
Comeback kid Alex Corbisiero readily admits that he has never doubted his ability to perform at the highest level.
But the Northampton-bound England prop's career has now moved into new territory following his pivotal role in destroying Australia's scrum during a third Test performance of brutal brilliance. Corbisiero thought his British and Irish Lions chance might have gone after he missed much of last season due to injury.
After being selected for England's Argentina tour, though, he was summoned to Australia as Lions front-row injury cover. The 24-year-old ended up starting two Tests, starring in both, and he said: "At the moment, I am just taking it all in. I am absolutely loving it."
Corbisiero added: "It has been a tough year, and this is the perfect way to end it. I am really happy. I've always known when I get it right and I am fit and healthy and have a chance to play, then I know what I am capable of.
"I am really looking forward to pushing on with Saints now and putting a marker down there and carrying on from where I have just left off.
"It (fitness fight) definitely wasn't easy at times, but there was light at the end of the tunnel. Anyone who wants to doubt me, have a look now and see where am I at. I am going to kick on from here.
"In the back of your mind, you always hope that you would make it to here (Lions).
"My goal from the start of the season was to be involved in a Lions tour, and it felt like I had it taken away from me - the opportunity to put a marker down in the Six Nations - with me being out injured.
"But I got my opportunity, and I was going to try to make the most it and take it.
"If a door opens, just try to walk through it. I am just really over the moon about what has happened."