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England Rugby Player Alex Corbisiero Makes Surprisingly Good Rapper For Henley Festival (VIDEO)

09/07/2015 12:17 BST | Updated 09/07/2015 12:59 BST

If being one of the most celebrated members of the England Rugby team wasn't enough, it transpires that bulky prop Alex Corbisiero has another secret skill up his sleeve - rapping.

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Alex got the chance to flex these extra muscles recently with a turn in the studio, advertising this year's Henley Festival in inimitable fashion, through his role for Festival sponsor BMW.

Watch him above and see what you think - could he cut it with Kanye, Jay Z and Eminem?

Alex, 26, has been in the England team since 2010, when he made his debut in the Churchill Cup. He plays regularly for the Northampton Saints, since moving from the London Irish team last year.

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Alex seems as at home in the recording studio as he does on the pitch - could a second career beckon?

He was born in the US, but emigrated to the UK with his family when he was five. His Italian name is a reminder of his great-grandfather, who emigrated from Naples in the 1920s and opened a restaurant in New York borough of Queens.

Because of his family’s nomadic background, Alex was eligible to play for the USA, Ireland, Italy or the UK at senior level, but opted to join the England Saxons. He’s since played for the British Lions, scoring a key try that clinched the Test against Australia last month.

As well as his burgeoning sporting career, Alex is studying for a BA in history at London University.

This year's Henley Festival lineup includes, as Alex informs us, headliners Lionel Richie and Jessie J, alongside Spandau Ballet, The Gypsy Kings and Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter.

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