Injured Corlett 'keen to watch the boys'

"I'll definitely be at the game."

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 12/09/2012
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CAMERON BURNELL
Taranaki hooker Laurence Corlett cradles the Shield while recuperating at Taranaki Base Hospital yesterday.

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Taranaki hooker Laurence Corlett will be a spectator for Saturday afternoon's Ranfurly Shield match against Canterbury.

Corlett is in Taranaki Base Hospital and on antibiotics after being admitted on Saturday because of a leg infection.

He expects to be discharged either today or tomorrow.

"I'll definitely be at the game, but I won't be playing," he said yesterday. "I'm keen as to watch the boys."

The 33-year-old, who has played 59 games for the amber and blacks, said he first thought he had just bruised his right ankle.

"It was a little red and a bit swollen after training on Thursday. I woke up on Friday morning and they put me on a drip. I had to pull out of the Hawke's Bay game and watched it from the couch."

Corlett said he could hardly walk on Saturday morning.

"They put me into hospital. It was really sore, the body's taken a hammering."

It's been a frustrating few weeks for the hooker, who has also been troubled by a knee injury.

"I need an operation at the end of the year and now this.

"It's frustrating, but that's rugby."

Being laid up in hospital, Corlett has had plenty of time to read the local rag, and said he "couldn't believe" a story in yesterday's Taranaki Daily News that noted he and Chris King were on the bench for Canterbury against Taranaki in 2002 - the night the lights went out at Yarrow Stadium.

"Far out, where's that 10 years gone?" he said. "That was an awesome team, full of All Blacks or players who went on to be All Blacks.

"I played about 10 minutes and I think I was the only non-All Black in the team."

Corlett said he wasn't too sure when he would be back training but hoped it would be as early as next week.

His place against Canterbury will be taken by Timo Tutavaha.

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