Martin Corry

Martin Corry

Martin Corry enjoyed a career at the top of the English game of Rugby since making his debut for Leicester Tigers in 1997.

Later that year, he made the step up to international rugby, running out for England against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

Martin has won five Premiership titles, two Heineken Cups and the Anglo-Welsh Cup during a hugely successful club career. At international level, Martin was part of the England squad that won the Rugby World Cup in 2003 and enjoyed a stint as England captain following the retirements of Martin Johnson and Lawrence Dallaglio.

Martin’s time as England skipper was a difficult period for both the player and the national side, with vehement criticism reserved for England’s slide into mediocrity post-2003. Martin, always a willing and able servant to England, bore a great deal of the strain as skipper and his tenure reached a low point during the 2006 autumn internationals as England lost to New Zealand, South Africa and, most damagingly, Argentina.

He made his second Rugby World Cup final in 2007, having led the side during the group stages, although this time England came in second behind South Africa and Martin retired from international rugby. He continued to captain Leicester in the Premiership, more commonly from the second-row, but in May 2009 he announced he would retire at the end of the season.