sport news 'I'm just happy to have found my feet': Rob Horne on dealing with paralysis ...

Former Northampton and Australia centre Rob Horne has opened up on coming to terms with his retirement from rugby at the age of 28.

On April 14 this year, Horne, who was captaining Saints for the first time against Leicester, chased a kick-off before attempting the first tackle of the game against the Tigers' giant back-rower Sione Kalamafoni.

Only 12 seconds had been played before Horne found himself prone on the ground and in need of urgent treatment.

Ex-Northampton and Australia centre Rob Horne has opened up on paralysis and retirement

Ex-Northampton and Australia centre Rob Horne has opened up on paralysis and retirement

He was forced to retire after attempting to tackle Sione Kalamafoni back in April this year

He was forced to retire after attempting to tackle Sione Kalamafoni back in April this year

The Australian received lengthy treatment on the pitch against Leicester after the tackle

The Australian received lengthy treatment on the pitch against Leicester after the tackle

HORNE'S CAREER 

2008-17 - Waratahs

2014–17 - Greater Sydney Rams

2017–18 - Northampton Saints

International

Australia (34 caps) 

'I just remember being unable to move,' the Australian told the BBC's Rugby Union Weekly podcast.

'I was lying there pretty embarrassed. I just wanted to get up and play.'

It transpired, however, that the 34-cap Australia international had sustained nerve damage and paralysis in his right arm as a result of the tackle.

Horne, now 29, subsequently retired from the game and will never have feeling in his right arm again.

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