Corry scarred by Croke Park nightmare

8th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

BATH, England, March 8, 2007 (AFP) - Martin Corry admits the scars of England's record 43-13 humiliation at the hands of Ireland at Croke Park in the last round of Six Nations matches will haunt him as long as he plays.

BATH, England, March 8, 2007 (AFP) - Martin Corry admits the scars of England's record 43-13 humiliation at the hands of Ireland at Croke Park in the last round of Six Nations matches will haunt him as long as he plays.

Corry has been moved from the back row to the second row for Sunday's Six Nations Test match against France at Twickenham as coach Brian Ashton shuffled his cards after his team's failure to match the Irish in any area of the game in their hammering.

The French will arrive in London in search of a fourth straight win, following their defeats of Italy, Ireland and Wales, but the former England skipper is not looking to give them an easy ride.

"What happened at Croke Park will stay with me for the rest of my rugby career but the most important thing now is to use it as a motivating factor," said Corry.

"No-one wants to lose when they are playing in an England shirt.

"But this is no place for excuses - we have got to look at the bigger picture as a unit. We got outplayed in Ireland in the contact area. My view is that we got the attitude right there but for me the most important thing now is getting it right against France.

"We fronted up in Ireland - I would never question the attitude of the English pack but we should have imposed ourselves more.

"It hurts me personally but the great thing is that we have got the opportunity to go out there on Sunday and put it right. We have had a detailed debrief - people in this camp care and things were said, but the most important thing is working towards the bigger picture.

"This Sunday is England playing at Twickenham and whatever people think, when you are playing for England at Twickenham you expect to win - you have got to go there expecting to win."

Corry, England's leader during the desperate run of results in the autumn internationals, also revealed he was phoned personally by Ashton when he was passed over for the captaincy in favour of Mike Catt who takes control on  Sunday, following Phil Vickery's concussion.

"I had not thought about it," admitted Corry.

"Brian Ashton indicated what the side would be and gave me a call which was very good of him - he did not have to do that.

"I have had my time as captain which was disappointing but Mike Catt is a tremendous guy who has the respect of all the players - I will be looking to back him up."

Corry's shift to the second row - with both Louis Deacon and Danny Grewcock being dropped after the Irish hammering - could signal a shift of emphasis in the 33-year-old's career.

Corry also revealed that tight-head prop, and club mate, Julian White - a club mate at Leicester - should know what to expect with Corry behind him.

"I have been behind Julian in the scrum plenty of times. He knows what I am going to give him, some times in Leicester training I step in there.

"If I am on the bench at the club I sometimes come on and play second row - it is not a technique that takes years and years of practice."

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