Saints rocked by Horne retirement

21 April 2018 20:18:51 GMTPlus10

Northampton Saints have been rocked by the news centre Rob Horne has been forced to retire due to nerve damage suffered in the derby victory over Leicester Tigers last week.

The 28-year-old, who was skippering the side, was knocked unconscious after just 13 seconds of the game at Welford Road before Saints went on to win the clash with their arch rivals.

Former Waratahs star Horne has now been handed terrible news that the nerve damage in is arm has ended his rugby career with immediate effect.

Interim Northampton head coach Alan Dickens has admitted the news has shocked the club and now hopes the Australian international, who played in two World Cups, will make a speedy recovery.

He said: "This is absolutely tragic news, and has been devastating for every member of the squad and staff here.

"All our thoughts are of course with Rob and his family at this time. Rob is not only a world-class rugby player, but he's an exceptional man."

Northampton will begin life with talisman Horne on 29th April when they make the trip to Wasps, who are 8.00 to go on and win the Premiership Grand Final.

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