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Alex Corbisiero hungry for England return v South Africa

Alex wants pizza the action! New diet means England prop is hungry for return (let's hope he'll eat Springbok forwards for breakfast!)

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UPDATED:

23:14 GMT, 21 November 2012

They have named a pizza after Alex Corbisiero at his favourite Italian restaurant, where his strict gluten-and wheat-free diet is catered for. The owners would be well advised to stock up with the necessary ingredients before Saturday evening.

After a match, the prop heads there for a slap-up meal and Saturday's opponents are sure to leave him with a major appetite. Corbisiero will return to the England front row, charged with galvanising the scrum and playing his part in quelling the might of imposing – and famously carnivorous – Springbok forwards.

The 24-year-old, who was born in New York, says he is in prime condition after overcoming a knee injury, thanks to the benefits of his regulated eating habits. The pizza named in his honour conforms to his precise requirements.

Using his crust: Alex Corbisiero is back to take on the Springboks

Using his crust: Alex Corbisiero is back to take on the Springboks

'There's a restaurant in Kingston called Bruschetta – it's a gluten-and wheat-free Italian restaurant,' said Corbisiero. 'A few of the boys go there now. After a game, when I want to have my “bad” meal, there are not many options so I usually go there. That's the pizza I always get and they've put it on the menu.

'It has a gluten-free base, with buffalo mozzarella which is free of cow's milk, Italian sausage, chicken and pepperoni. It's a nice one.'

Explaining the circumstances behind his healthy eating, he said: 'It's been a year-and-a-half now. I had a blood test – recommended by the nutritionist at London Irish – and it said I was highly intolerant to wheat and gluten. I cut them out and I feel so much better. It's been a massive gain for me and it's helped me keep strict with it rather than breaking it. I've lost a lot of body fat. I'm still heavy, but I've definitely lost excess fat.

'I don't eat wheat or dairy so that cuts out a lot of bad stuff. It keeps me on the straight and narrow. I always felt a bit uncomfortable on game days, especially my stomach. It took a few months, but I'm feeling better, not as lethargic. Digestion, gas, things like that are a lot more comfortable.'

Lifting his game: The prop is on a strict diet

Lifting his game: The prop is on a strict diet

Corbisiero's return to the England team is a big plus for head coach Stuart Lancaster, who needed some encouragement in light of the defeat against Australia last week.

Injury restricted the loosehead to one replacement appearance on tour in South Africa in June. He was forced to pull out of the last Test – which England drew in Port Elizabeth – at the 11th hour, so he harbours a hunger to confront the Boks at Twickenham.

Insisting that he is ready for the ordeal, after two LV Cup games for his club, Corbisiero said: 'When you come into Test rugby you're always going to have to get certain things right as a pack – scrum and lineout, breakdown, physicality. That's especially relevant when you're playing South Africa. We need to make sure we give ourselves the best platform to win.'

His international recall comes at the expense of Joe Marler, who suffered an injury and a few indignities last weekby end, when England's scrum was trumped by an unheralded Australian pack. Corbisiero understands the scrutiny that he and the rest of the home forwards will be under. He knows there is pressure to make amends.

'We have a point to prove,' he said. 'That's going to spur us on. We're going to focus on our attention to detail and our mindset to make sure we rectify that.

Point to prove: England want to make amends for defeat to the Wallabies

Point to prove: England want to make amends for defeat to the Wallabies

'It's not going to be easy against South Africa but we've got to prove that we are a good scrum. Hopefully we'll show that. The boys were a little beaten up but we've got our sleeves rolled up and we know we've got to put a lot of things right. Everyone's really positive and motivated and we're back on the horse.

'South Africa have a heavy pack. They're physical, they're strong, they work together and they work hard. They're very efficient, very confrontational and direct. They're one of the bigger-sized packs in world rugby and you need to meet that challenge.'

Corbisiero will set about putting his words into action, knowing that when he's done and whatever the outcome, a few miles down the road there is a pizza with his name on it.

Andrew Flintoff shows off his new slimline physique ahead of boxing bow

Suits you! Flintoff shows off his new slimline physique ahead boxing bow

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UPDATED:

15:10 GMT, 30 October 2012

Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff showed off his new slimline physique at the Pride of Britain awards on Monday night ahead of his expected boxing debut next month.

The 34-year-old, who had not fought at any level before an impromptu sparring session with Barry McGuigan last year, has given up alcohol and lost more than two stones in weight after 10 weeks of full-time training under McGuigan and his son Shane.

Suits you! Freddie Flintoff showed off a slimline new physique at the Pride Of Britain awards, after shedding 30lbs in the past seven weeks

Suits you! Flintoff showed off a slimline new physique at the Pride Of Britain awards, after shedding 30lbs

Red carpet pros: Freddie posed up at the awards with his stunning wife Rachael, who wore a strapless blue gown

A November 30 date at Manchester Arena has been mooted, although an opponent has not yet been decided.

The man affectionately known as 'Freddie' has been sticking to the
Caveman diet – based on lean meat, raw vegetables, berries and nuts,
while avoiding foods such as sugar and refined carbohydrates – in a bid
to lose weight.

The results of the new regime are clear to see, with Flintoff displaying his new look as he posed with stunning wife Rachael.

Speaking recently about his weight loss, Flintoff told Britain's Glamour
magazine: 'I've lost about 30lbs in the last seven weeks and I'm trying
to lose another 15. I'm on the Caveman Diet.'

Pre-Caveman diet: Flintoff in his larger days

Pre-Caveman diet: Flintoff in his larger days

Pre-Caveman diet: Flintoff in his larger days as a cricketer

Asked what he can eat, Flintoff replied: 'I have steak or two buffalo
burgers for breakfast. It sounds good, but when you're up at half five
in the morning cooking up a steak, it's dreadful.

'Then I have 12 almonds mid-morning, two chicken dinners a day with
green vegetables, two boiled eggs or some berries mid afternoon and then
fish and green vegetables for dinner.'

The new-look Flintoff is far cry from the lager-swilling,
pedalo-crashing Freddie that the British public came to know throughout
an international career that spanned from 1998 to 2009.

Sports pictures of the day: October 8

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

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12:56 GMT, 8 October 2012

Each day, MailOnline sports picture editor Dave Muir will choose his favourite photographs from around the world in the past 24 hours.

Enjoy today's selection right here…

Bobby Labonte and David Gilliland crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway

Bobby Labonte and David Gilliland crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway

A cheerleader of the New Orleans Hornets slam dunks the ball during the half time show at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico

A cheerleader of the New Orleans Hornets slam dunks the ball during the half time show at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico

Real Madrid's Pepe heads the ball over teammate Xabi Alonso

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) cannot make a catch over Buffalo Bills free safety

Up in the air: Pepe heads the ball as Real Madrid take on Barcelona (left) while San Francisco 49ers take on Buffalo Bills (right)

Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Ludwick hits a solo home run during the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants

Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Ludwick hits a solo home run during the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants