After ten years of rugby, Northampton’s centre, Rob Horne will retire from the sport. However, the decision to quit didn’t come from Horne.
The 28-year-old suffered nerve damage to his arm and was forced to retire. The unfortunate event took place during the Saints match against Leicester Tigers on April 14th. After a series of tests, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital neurologists confirmed the severity of Horne’s injury.
Last Saturday, the club confirmed that Horne’s nerve damage is a career-ending injury and that he’d retire from rugby altogether. The Northampton coach, Alan Dickens said that everyone in the team was taken aback by the news. Moreover, Dickens stated that not having Horne on the team is not only a massive loss for Northampton but that the sad news hit him on a personal level as well.
This year was Rob’s first season at Northampton, and quite a successful one. The club named him captain, as his efforts on the field showed a positive impact on the team and their overall performance.
While Rob has been with Northampton for just six months, he has a decade-long career behind him. Horne played for the Waratahs from 2008 until 2017. The former Northampton centre’s international career started in 2007 when he played for Australia Schoolboys. After that, Rob continued his international career representing Australia’s U20 national team in 2008 and 2009. The Australian won his debut cap for the national team in June 2010.
Northampton had the honour of having a player such as Horne. In a relatively short amount of time, he earned a lot of respect from his teammates. The fact that he had to say goodbye to rugby under these terms is sad for the entire sport.
Ahead of their game with Wasps, the Northampton men are eager to demonstrate their best game in the clash. They want to show that everything Horne did for the club wasn’t just temporary but a permanent boost for Northampton. The best UK betting sites seem to be keeping club’s back as they picked Northampton as a strong favourite. The game is on April 29th, so be sure not to miss it.