Northampton Saints hero Rob Horne says paralysis of his right arm won’t stop him living the best life possible

ROB HORNE will get a reception that no Aussie has ever seen at Twickenham today.

And the Northampton Saints hero will be cheered on by bitter rivals Leicester Tigers too, ahead of a unique game for a unique player.

 Rob Horne checks out Twickenham ahead of the big game

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Rob Horne checks out Twickenham ahead of the big game

Horne was forced to retire last season after a devastating injury that left him with paralysis of his right arm.

Just 12 seconds into his first ever games as Saints skipper, Horne hit Tigers no.8 Sione Kalamafoni with a perfectly routine shot.

But the Wallaby star didn't get up – and days later he was told the news that would change his life forever, having damaged all five nerves that lead from his spine to his shoulder.

Today, is all about Horne and the world of rugby have raised thousands for the 29-year-old.

 Horne has lost complete use of his right arm after a freak injury

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Horne has lost complete use of his right arm after a freak injury

Remarkably, there is no anger from him. No bitterness. No regret.

And in his own words – he doesn't want this to be a "sob story".

The Sydney lad said: "I’m determined to live the life I was going to live, if not better, because of this.

"Like anything it’s always up to the individual. It’s up to you what you want to do, how far you want to go and where you want to get to.

"Rugby is a tight-knit community, it’s a small community. Everyone knows each other and it's the same in Australia. You look after your own.

"It’s always been a game that when something happens to one of your own – be it injury or something to do with your life – it’s the rugby club that’s your second home.

"It’s where you go for support, to hang up with your mates, for banter. It’s just where you go. Rugby clubs have always been like that. That’s the beauty of our game."

The support will be like none ever seen as the East Midlands derby comes to south west London.

"It's pretty unbelievable for me really," said humble Horne who will deliver the matchball before kick-off.

"It's hard to fathom really and I suppose it's also hard to be the focus of as well."

There is no doubt that had this freak and awful injury not happened to Horne, then he would have gone on to be one of Saints' greatest ever imports.

In the 16 games he played for the Franklin's Gardens outfit he put his body on the line and wore his heart on his sleeve.

From day one, he was already halfway to becoming a Northampton legend.

Now, he is their hero forever after the hope he brings not just to sport, but life.

 Rob Horne was forced to retire last season after a devastating injury

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Rob Horne was forced to retire last season after a devastating injury

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Looking back on his superb playing days, he added: "I was very fortunate that I played a full career.

"I was closer to the end than I was the start, which I feel very fortunate for. When you win a comp that’s a massive highlight.

"Winning Super Rugby with the Waraths, going through that season was quite a ride. Pretty special memories. My first cap for Australia.

"Playing in two World Cups and a Lions series. Then my debut for Northampton against Leicester at Franklin's Gardens.

"That's a real fond memory of mine as swell as the whole year in Northampton – that's a real highlight as the place was a really good fit for me."

Even though the game had been horrendous to Horne with how he finished – no fan will forget what he did for them and their clubs.

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ROB HORNE will get a reception that no Aussie has ever seen at Twickenham today.