Wallaby winger Rob Horne says he’s hoping to avoid shoulder surgery as long as possible and reckons the NSW Waratahs have added a couple of great finishers in recruits Reece Robinson and Zac Guildford.
Horne played no further part in last year’s World Cup after suffering a shoulder injury 10 minutes into the crunch pool game against England.
He has adopted a wait and see policy on the option of surgery.
“I’ve got a few opinions. I was able to get through a few functional things that lent themselves to seeing what happens and that’s what I’ve decided to do,” Horne said on Monday.
“It’s feeling good and I’m feeling confident,” added Horne, who said he was on track to play in the Waratahs’ opening round Super game against old rival Queensland in the last week of February.
Asked if he might delay any surgery until the end of the season, Horne said: “We’ll see where we go. The shoulder is certainly going fine at the moment and I’d like to think I’ll be able to avoid it for as long as I can.”
Horne is one familiar face in an otherwise unfamiliar looking group of Waratahs wingers this season.
NSW has lost Adam Ashley-Cooper, Peter Betham and Taqele Naiyaravoro to overseas clubs.
Among the replacements are All Blacks representative Guildford and former Brisbane, Canberra and Parramatta NRL speedster Robinson.
“You can see with our additions that we’ve got some great finishers there with Zac Guildford coming in and Reece Robinson has been awesome with his transitions,” Horne said.
“A lot of young guys as well, that are really pushing and putting their hands up.”
Horne has established himself as a winger in the past couple of seasons after breaking into Super and Test rugby as an outside centre.
He said he’d been running a fair bit in the centres during the pre-season but would play wherever new coach Daryl Gibson decided he would be best for the team.
Horne emphasised the Waratahs outside backs were versatile enough to move between multiple positions.
“I think that is key in the modern game in how sides play to win. You have to able to shift. Because the game is so fast, you find yourself in different positions all the time.”