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Saints to take on Tigers at Twickenham to raise money for retired Rob Horne

Former Saints star Rob Horne. Credit: Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints will take on rivals Leicester Tigers at Twickenham in a special fundraiser for recently-retired centre Rob Horne.

The Australian international was forced to retire from rugby at the end of last season after sustaining a career-ending injury playing in Saints’ victory over Tigers at Welford Road.

But Horne will now be honoured on Saturday October 6 (kick-off 3pm) in round six of the new Premiership season.

This will be the first time the two rivals have met at Twickenham since the 2013 Premiership Final.

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“The outpouring of support for Rob at the end of last season from the whole rugby community in the East Midlands was overwhelming – and we wanted to act. “The Club received countless requests from both Saints and Tigers supporters for a fitting way in which they could both bid farewell to Rob and also support him."

– John White, Saints Chairman

Northampton Saints will donate £5 on behalf of every season ticket holder, while supporters will have the option to make a contribution as they purchase tickets.

There will also be a number of fundraising opportunities on the day itself, with donations going towards Rob’s ongoing rehabilitation and ensuring some financial security for him and his family.

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“Everyone at the club has gone above and beyond to support me and my family through an incredibly difficult time.

“I’ve been humbled by the outpouring of support from both Northampton Saints supporters and many of the Tigers fans that were at that game too.

“I am touched by the additional gesture the club are making in staging this game, and I can’t wait to see my teammates run out at Twickenham."

– Rob Horne