Super Rugby
Horne nearing Waratahs return
ESPNscrum Staff
January 27, 2011

Rob Horne is on the comeback trail after being given clearance to resume contact training with the Waratahs prior to the new Super Rugby season.

The 21-year-old Wallabies centre has been out of action since suffering an elbow injury in their 49-28 loss to the All Blacks in Melbourne on July 31 last year.

A specialist has given the midfielder the all clear to get back on the field however and Tahs coach Chris Hickey believes that he could make a comeback in their trial game against the Western Force on February 10.

"He saw the specialist on Friday and he's been given a clearance from the specialist to start contact training so he'll start contact training this week," Hickey told AAP. "Assuming that goes well then he'd be a chance of perhaps playing in the Force trial.

"Obviously we're just going to have to see how the elbow progresses through contact."

The Waratahs begin their Super Rugby campaign against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on February 18.

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