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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Martin Corry retires from international rugby

Leicester and England flanker Martin Corry has announced his retirement from international rugby, shortly before the Six Nations is due to start.

The 34 year old Corry was due to be named in the English squad for the upcoming tournament, but turned down coach Brian Ashton's invitation, citing the fact that there are a huge number of young, talented loose forwards coming through the ranks and he feels it's time to step aside. England need to rebuild, and Corry acknowledges that he won't be around for the next World Cup, so now is the time to let the young talent come through.

A well respected individual who off the field is a great man, and on the field always gave one hundred percent for his country. His non-compromising style of play and great talent made him one of the better performers in recent England rugby history. He will be sorely missed and a great loss to the country, despite the young guns knocking on the door.

Corry has toured with the British & Irish Lions, been a World Cup winner with England in 2003, and currently captains the Leicester Tigers club.

And that is where Corry will be focussing all his attention now, stating that he feels he owes them his full commitment and cannot maintain the same high level of play while playing for both club and country.

“It’s just a shame I am getting old,” he said. “If I could carry on for the next 10 years, I would because I genuinely love playing for Leicester and England.
“Unfortunately, I just can’t keep doing it all. Something has to give if I want to keep playing to the required standard.”

In the below clip, against the Sale Sharks recently, he bumped off Magnus Lund with a big carry after fielding the 22 drop-out, then went on to take the next two balls forward around the fringes.

He was also heavily involved in Tom Croft's second try vs the Harlequins on the weekend, showing that he still has all the skills required to play at the top.

Another few years to stay in the camp to guide the youngsters, or is now the right time to step down from international duty?



  • Always room for people like corry in rugby. What he lacks in talent he makes up for in commitment. In him england knew they had a man to give it to in an emergencyto bail out the lightweights. Every team needs one- collins, juan smith. Rugby isnt all about fancy pants stuff


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 09, 2008 3:54 pm  

  • Cheers for the up. Great guy and warrior on the pitch.

    He has retired from int. duty with honour and dignity. Something others failed to achieve.

    By Anonymous DC, at January 09, 2008 3:55 pm  

  • A true gent. Always in the boiler house doing the unseen work. Corry will be missed. Maybe a bit soon to call an end to his international career - it might of been good to see a few of the youngsters come through first. Thats Robinson, Dallaglio, Catt and Corry gone ...those are some big boots to fill.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 09, 2008 3:59 pm  

  • bet the player that tried to tackle corry wished he had retired from rugby altogether!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 09, 2008 4:03 pm  

  • another hard nosed english forward lost. they'll really need the new crop of talent come through for em.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 09, 2008 4:21 pm  

  • i watched that entire match live and both corry and lund were great. earlier on lund dumped corry backwards into the mud so i guess it was corry's turn for revenge. Great match, great win for sale and pity corry has to leave the international stage, he will be missed.

    GO SALE!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 09, 2008 6:11 pm  

  • he is a man of honor.. he will never be forgotten as 1 of the best in international rugby.. he is part of an inspiration to me being a No.8.. i've seen him played from young.. and seen him improved tremendously over the years.. and yes he played 100% every match.. and wat he lacks in talent he makes up in commitment.. his a hero for both his country and his club

    By Anonymous LoveMartinCorry, at January 09, 2008 7:18 pm  

  • no not magnus lund hes like my best player!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 09, 2008 9:02 pm  

  • hats off to corry, and yes I think he chose the best moment to retire

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 09, 2008 10:56 pm  

  • Fair play to him going out at his peak. A great representative for rugby and probably the nicest bloke to play for England....although thats not saying much. His determination and work rate were truly inspiring.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 10, 2008 12:09 am  

  • Meh.

    ok clip i guess, but its not hard to knock someone on the arsse.

    should of raped arms round quiker
    dopey cunt


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 10, 2008 12:59 am  

  • Scraping the barrel a bit here! Imagine having a 15 or so year playing career and that being the highlight. Great shift Cozza!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 10, 2008 2:58 am  

  • dallaglio take note on how to retire gracefully.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 10, 2008 3:52 am  

  • Correy is/was a class act, thats coming from a Taff. Not the most naturaly gifted player but hard working and honest. We could use a few with his mindset. As some one else said Dillydayglo should learn a thing about respecting the game and leaving with peoples good will.
    6 Nations is going to be a corker, England with all sorts of young ones, Wales with new coach. Scotland quietle achieving, Ireland with so much to prove, France new coach and a world cup hangover? Italy who knows.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 10, 2008 10:51 am  

  • Ah nice to see that Liam knows best!

    and yeh i guess he is right, i mean its obviously easy to put Magnus Lund, the professional and international player on his ass......

    By Anonymous BRFC, at January 10, 2008 11:45 am  

  • Corry is a great player, and was a great international. As mentioned before, someone any rugby player of any level could learn from.

    He wasnt the most technical or gifted player, but boy would he give 100%. In a way it is a shame that this is the only video to be posted in memory of his international career, but in a way it does some it up well.

    One must remember that he did captain the brits a few times too, and even played lock!!

    A truely great player.

    By Anonymous Kurt, at January 11, 2008 12:19 am  

  • fair play martin corry. a decent lad and a loyal servant to his country. can retire now with his dignity intact unlike a few others who refused to go gentle into that good night.
    england should be alright, they have a good crop of back row forwards coming through the ranks at the moment but they'll have some pretty big shoes to fill.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 11, 2008 2:43 pm  

  • Corrie's a total Legend.

    By Anonymous Fordy, at January 11, 2008 4:01 pm  

  • I agree on the quiet work.

    To really get a sense of Corry, ask the rugby ball who was where.

    Perhaps also you would have needed overhead cameras, and a "Martin-O-Meter" graphic at the bottom corner of the screen.

    Every time he hit a ruck, secured ball, etc., the meter would rise. He'd probably have one of the highest work rates on the pitch.

    You then place him against a bloke like Owen Finegan -- all ball running and nothing else. My personal view, Finegan was a useless tosser, leaving real work to be done. But then again, he was the best at what he did, staying rested so he could take the rewards of crash ball away from the workers.

    Hats off to Corry for doing a Tight Five's work with the rate of a flanker.

    By Anonymous Cheyanquí, at January 12, 2008 12:46 am  

  • But there is no talented forwards coming through - apart from Croft. Haskell is useless and so is Narraway. People all retired at the wrong time. Robinison, Dallagio and Corry, all before the 6n

    By Anonymous angus, at March 31, 2008 6:14 pm  

  • Proves he still has what it takes to play at the top. A true warrior who is a credit to the game.

    By Anonymous lock, at April 03, 2008 12:48 pm  

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