Horne coy on position switch

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by Beth Newman

Waratahs back Rob Horne is on track to play in round one but he’s not losing sleep over the number he will bear on his Super Rugby return.

Horne, who has been working his way back from a shoulder injury suffered in the Rugby World Cup, has been touted as a potential outside centre replacement for departed veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper.

The centres are where he started his career before becoming a wing mainstay at both domestic and international level.

NSW has added more depth in its wings this season, with the additions of former All Black Zac Guildford and Reece Robinson to the squad and potentially freeing Horne up for a switch.

Horne was keeping his cards close to his chest on Monday as to where he might be bobbing up in 2016.

“I’ve been working a fair bit in the centres this pre-season so we’ll I’ll play wherever Daryl decides that that’s best for the team,” he said.

“It’s hard to say (what that will be) until we start playing.

“A lot of guys are shifting between different positions and seeing what combinations work.”

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has spoken of his desire to experiment with fullback Israel Folau in the outside centre spot.

Horne said every player would need to be versed in a number of positions, such are the demands of modern Rugby.

“Each position has its own intricacies that you learn from experience,” he said.

“So any player that shifts position there’ll be a period of learning and stuff like that.

“All our outside backs are interchangeable and everyone can play different positions so I think that's key in the modern game.

“You have to be able to shift because the game’s so fast you find yourselves in different positions all the time.”

Horne has been in full training since returning to the Waratahs this month and is confident he will be starting in round one at the latest.

“I’m not too sure what’s going to happen in the trial games and stuff like that,” he said.

“I’m working hard just to get fit and I’m doing all the training and I'm not out of anything - I’m doing all the drills so we’ll see where we go.”

The Waratahs open their Super Rugby season on February 27 against the Reds at Allianz Stadium.

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