NSW rugby veteran Rob Horne to depart Waratahs at end of 2017 7/02/2017 By Waratahs Rugby Media Unit After eight years playing for the NSW Waratahs, Sydney-sider Rob Horne will leave the Tahs at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season to play for Northampton Saints. Debuting for the Waratahs at 18 years old, Horne has come through the NSW rugby ranks and spent his entire professional rugby career with Waratahs, 102 NSW caps to his name. Called up to the Wallabies in 2010, Horne went on to make a name for himself internationally across the course of his 33 test matches. Horne said while the decision was certainly challenging, he knows that the timing is right to make 2017 his last year in Sydney. “No question it was an extremely hard decision. I’ve played my whole career at New South Wales and I’ve been on an incredible journey with so many great experiences,” said Horne. “The timing was just right for me and for where the Club (Waratahs) are now. They are in a good position moving forward so I knew this was the right time to make this my last year with the team. “Personally I’ll be doing everything possible to help the team try to do what every other team in the Super Rugby is looking to do and that is win. “I think what we’ve put in place in the last couple of months, changing certain aspects in the way we play, will make us very competitive this season,” he said. Horne has formed an important part of the NSW Waratahs Leadership team and Head Coach Daryl Gibson said he has represented the State proudly. “Rob has been a wonderful role model and really lives the values of the Waratahs. “I know he’ll be determined to make this year a great year and that he’ll be able to set up a legacy for the next leaders coming through the ranks,” said Gibson. Horne admitted that ultimate way to cap off his time with the Tahs would be to claim another Super Rugby title with the team who gave him his big break. “To cap off this year on top of the ladder would be great, no doubt about it. “I just want to thank the NSW Rugby and Waratahs family for giving me the opportunity at such as young age. “The men I’ve played under and alongside have made me the player I am today. “To all the fans and supporters as well I have to say a big thank you, I hope we can create more great memories this year,” said Horne.