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- Match is in aid of Rob Horne
Northampton Saints lock Courtney Lawes says he is looking forward to the opportunity to support former teammate Rob Horne in the East Midlands Derby at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (KO 3pm).
The match against Leicester Tigers is being played at Twickenham in support of Horne, after the former Wallaby centre was tragically forced to retire from rugby after sustaining a career-ending injury last season.
“It means a lot to play the game, when your close friend has hurt himself in such a bad way and is finding life a lot more difficult than he has done previously," said Lawes.
“What happened to Rob just shows how your life can change pretty quickly in this sport and you’ve got to enjoy yourself while you can.
“We’re really excited and any way in which we can help or do something for his family, we’ll go over and above to do it.
“It’s great to play a game of rugby and be able to support someone you’ve played with whose had something quite tragic happen to them."Rob was great for the club and got player of the season last year."
“Rob was great for the club and got player of the season last year - he deserved every bit of it.
“It’s fitting that we’re playing Leicester. Obviously his injury came when we played them, and it’s good for Leicester to help contribute to the same cause and I think both sides will be really up for it, it will be a cracking game.”
The match represents the first time Northampton and Leicester have faced each other at the home of English rugby since the 2013 Premiership Rugby final, and marks a significant fund-raising effort for Horne.
Holding the East Midlands Derby at Twickenham will maximise the money raised to support former Australia centre Horne, 29, with his ongoing rehabilitation.
“The boys are really excited to get out there and get stuck into it," added Lawes.
“I’ve played a few games for England and Saints at Twickenham and it’s always a great occasion so I’m expecting a huge game.
“I’m sure for any of the boys who haven’t played there they’ll take it in their stride, I think you’ve just got to take it as another game but I think everyone’s going to put it out there and give it everything they’ve got.”To buy tickets for the match at Twickenham click here