Corbisiero forced out of third Test
England have suffered a blow ahead of the third Test with South Africa as prop Alex Corbisiero has been ruled out through injury.
The 23-year-old had been selected in the starting XV to face the Springboks after missing out on the first Test and coming off the bench in the second, but he has suffered a recurrence of a knee injury and will play no part in the Port Elizabeth encounter.
The London Irish front-row star will be replaced by Harlequins' Joe Marler, who was originally dropped to the bench for the match.
England are looking for a consolation victory after coming close in the first two games and made six changes to their starting line-up but head coach Stuart Lancaster has now had to alter his plans and admitted his disappointment at Corbisiero's withdrawal.
"Alex trained well early in the week having played well at the weekend but the knee reacted over the last 24 hours," he said.
"It is a shame for Alex as he was desperate to take part but it's the right thing to put in Joe and we are sure he can build on his performances in the first two Tests."