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Rob Horne on life with paralysis and the 'incredible' support of the rugby community

Rob Horne talks to ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Former Northampton Saints star Rob Horne says that he's been humbled by the "incredible" support of the rugby community after he was forced to retire from the sport aged just 28.

The Australian's world was turned upside down when he sustained severe nerve damage and paralysis in his right arm in a match against rivals Leicester Tigers in April.

He still has to live with with chronic pain and has accepted that he'll never regain feeling in his arm.

The Premiership game between the Saints and Leicester on Saturday has been moved to Twickenham to raise money for Horne, and he admits that it will be an emotional occasion.

"It's an incredible thing to show what the rugby community is all about," Horne told ITV News Anglia.

"The care and the support is real and that's what's great about our game. Especially the strength and the character of both clubs, Northampton and Leicester.

"Those two clubs, it's because of them that we've been able to take this game to this venue and give what is one of the biggest derbies in English rugby the biggest stage."

Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers, Gallagher Premiership, Twickenham, Saturday 6 October, 3pm