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Horne hopes for a return but faces competition

"I played those June Tests  ... so [the injury] is not a scary thing, I know exactly what I have to do and I'm doing it" ... Wallabies centre Ben Horne.

"I played those June Tests ... so [the injury] is not a scary thing, I know exactly what I have to do and I'm doing it" ... Wallabies centre Ben Horne. Photo: Getty Images

Wallabies centre Rob Horne had a taste of injury-free life earlier this year and he's not prepared to give it up too easily.

Horne had enjoyed one of his most consistent and uninterrupted seasons with the Waratahs and had strengthened his hold on the starting outside-centre Test position until a hamstring strain ended his Wallabies opportunities early.

The injury, incurred during Southern Districts' Shute Shield semi-final against Manly in September, might have rattled a player with Horne's injury-laden history. But the Greenacre-raised outside back said he was keeping the faith with a body that finally came good for him this year.

"I was pretty happy with the year, I felt like I'd really turned the corner on things and to be honest I feel like I still have" ... Wallabies centre Rob Horne.

"I was pretty happy with the year, I felt like I'd really turned the corner on things and to be honest I feel like I still have" ... Wallabies centre Rob Horne. Photo: Brendan Esposito

''I was pretty happy with the year, I felt like I'd really turned the corner on things and to be honest I feel like I still have, it's just one of those things,'' he said.

''After last year, [playing during] the World Cup and spring tour, I got back into training with the Waratahs and played every game available to me and played 80 minutes in every game, and then I played those June Tests … so [the injury] is not a scary thing, I know exactly what I have to do and I'm doing it.''

Horne hopes to be back to full training under new Waratahs coach Michael Cheika in a month if his hamstring continues to respond well to rehabilitation.

In the meantime, he will watch his Test midfield partner Pat McCabe grow more and more comfortable with Reds centre Ben Tapuai on the Wallabies four-Test tour of Europe.

''I've played a lot of footy with Ben and he's playing good football and hopefully he plays well overseas because it's an important tour for Australian rugby, so I like to think the boys will go well and continue on,'' Horne said.

Cheika is a fan of his injured centre but said a Waratahs starting spot was an important first milestone before Horne could expect to take back the Wallabies No. 13 jersey.

''He's going to have some serious competition in our back line for places … he's really got to get the most out of what he's good at and not waste his time perhaps doing things that aren't his strong set,'' Cheika said.

''I think he's very good at picking lines to run into and then also the offload after contact … I think if we give him the shape to understand that there's always someone in a position for him to do that with, and he's very clear about where the breaks are going to come from and who he can run off, then I think we could see the best from him.''

Competition will come in the form of Tom Carter, new recruit Michael Hodge and Wallabies back Adam Ashley-Cooper.

''Obviously we've got the option of playing one of our five-eighths as second receiver as well, so if we want a second receiver-type game, Berrick [Barnes] can play there or even Ben [Volavola] … I think Rob's looking more at that second centre slot so there's going to be a good contest for that,'' Cheika said.

Volavola was yesterday revealed as the fifth and final signing to the Waratahs' extended playing squad, after successfully trialling for the spot alongside three other players.

''The three guys all worked so hard and put everything out there so it was very difficult obviously but he looked like he was a threatening player … he looked like he was capable of going up levels,'' Cheika said.

Volavola's inclusion in the squad adds further competition to the five-eighth and fullback positions, where new signings Sam Lane and Cam Crawford will compete with incumbents Barnes and Bernard Foley, as well as Ashley-Cooper.

❏ Suspended Wallaby back-rower Scott Higginbotham says his omission from the Australian squad has been hard to swallow.

Higginbotham was banned for two games for kneeing and head-butting All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw in the Bledisloe Cup.

The suspension became four matches when he was left out.

''It feels like a double punishment but they have to cover all their areas,'' he said.

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG -1vs FJI -1 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
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WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
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WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
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LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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