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Jamie Corsi looks to kick-start career in New Zealand

Jamie Corsi
Tight-head prop Jamie Corsi was in the Wales squad as a 19-year-old in 2007

One of Welsh rugby's forgotten men will attempt to kick-start his career by spending 2011 in New Zealand.

Tight-head Prop Jamie Corsi, 22, has targeted playing in NZ's National Provincial Championship for Auckland via Papatoetoe Rugby Club.

The ex-Newport Gwent-Dragons and Scarlet has suffered major back, elbow and shoulder injuries.

The uncapped 2007 Wales tourist to Australia said: "The timing's right now to go out [to NZ] and try my luck."

Corsi played for Wales at Under 16, 18, 19 and 20 and also played rugby league at Wales age-group levels Under 13, 14, and 15.

But after being released by the Scarlets at the end of last season, the 6ft 3in tight-head prop, who is currently training with London Wasps and playing for London Scottish in English rugby's third tier, says he has yet to return to the sort of condition that would warrant a top-flight professional contract.

He said: "I had a really good season for the Dragons starting out and unfortunately I had three big injuries back to back and spent the next two seasons after that out injured.

"I started playing again for Llanelli last season, got some good game time and got back on my feet, back playing.

To get back to anywhere near a level where I could play at, a lot more work needs to be done

Jamie Corsi

"And off the back of that it's always been a goal of mine to go to NZ and I think the timing's right to sort it out.

"So I'll start pre-season in January [for Papatoetoe RFC].

"I was out for quite a while and at my age my road to recovery is still not complete yet.

"I started playing again last season, but to get back to anywhere near a level where I could play at, a lot more work needs to be done.

"I think going to New Zealand now would only accelerate that and I'll only benefit from that."

Corsi will play for south Auckland club Papatoetoe and hopes to force his way into NPC reckoning for Auckland.

He said: "It's been a goal of mine to go to New Zealand, just for the intensity and to learn more about the game.

"The way they play rugby out there and the attitude towards rugby I think it'll be good to move away from the cauldron of the Welsh game and experience another different type of game, especially with the passion in New Zealand.

"There's a tiered structure. They play in club rugby and then hopefully if I get picked up to be a part of training or whatever I can get towards the NPC side of rugby in New Zealand - that would be a dream.

"When I come back I'm just looking to keep on playing, hopefully at the highest level I can and use it as a stepping stone to get back into professional rugby."



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