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Corbisiero to join Lions squad

England prop Alex Corbisiero is to join the British and Irish Lions squad in Australia as injury cover for Cian Healy.

Healy was carried off with an ankle injury during Wednesday's 69-17 victory over Western Force and faces a scan in Brisbane on Friday.

In a separate development, Ireland prop Healy also faces a disciplinary hearing after being cited for allegedly biting Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan. Corbisiero is currently in Argentina with the England squad, but he will head to Australia as soon as possible.

Corbisiero, 24, was rated as unlucky to miss out on the original Lions squad selection. The Lions said his arrival date from Argentina will be confirmed in due course.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland said: "Cian has had an X-ray and, while his left ankle is not broken, he will be assessed further when we get to Brisbane. In the meantime, we need to get Alex over here as soon as possible, and I am thankful to (England head coach) Stuart Lancaster for letting him go so quickly."

London Irish forward Corbisiero will depart Argentina from Salta, where England are currently preparing to face Argentina in Saturday's first Test.

Lancaster said: "We are delighted for Alex.

"It's very pleasing for him after he missed the Six Nations through injury, and he goes with our full support and blessing.

"All the England players and management couldn't be more pleased for him to get this opportunity."

England have no plans to add a replacement to their squad in Argentina at this stage.


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