Australian rugby international Rob Horne has spoken of how honoured he feels to have a game dedicated to him at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Saints player who suffered a career ending injury just 13 seconds into the East Midlands derby at Welford Road last season will be guest of honour when the fixture is played at rugby HQ tomorrow.
Rob’s right arm is paralysed and in constant pain after his brachial plexus nerve was damaged in a tackle.
Rob, who now lives in Australia again, will be joined by his wife at Twickenham.
He said: “It is humbling, it is unfathomable, I started playing rugby in Sidney, union on Saturday, league on Sunday and now for my name to be associated with one of the biggest games in rugby it is pretty overwhelming.”
Rob also paid tribute to the Northampton fans: “It is such a loyal and passionate fan base. It was one of the big reasons why I went to Northampton because I knew the passion for the game and the club. Immediately that is what I felt.
“I invested a lot emotionally into the club, to go there and perform and play well. I feel like the Northampton supporters took that on and saw that. It is a big disappointment I cant play on and finish the way I wanted to finish there.”