In­jury rules out Horne

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RUGBY - IAIN PAYTEN

FOR­MER Wal­laby and Waratah Rob Horne has been forced to re­tire at 28 after suf­fer­ing ma­jor nerve dam­age to his right arm while play­ing in Eng­land.

Horne, who played 101 games for NSW and 34 Tests for Aus­tralia, was taken from the field after just 13 sec­onds while play­ing for Northamp­ton against Le­ices­ter, after at­tempt­ing to make a tackle.

In dev­as­tat­ing news for Horne, a Saints press re­lease said tests by lead­ing neu­ro­log­i­cal doc­tors de­ter­mined Horne had “suf­fered ca­reer-end­ing nerve dam­age to his right arm”.

“This is ab­so­lutely tragic news and has been dev­as­tat­ing for ev­ery mem­ber of the squad and staff here,” said in­terim head coach Alan Dick­ens.

Horne en­joyed a dis­tin­guished play­ing ca­reer for Souths, NSW and Aus­tralia.

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