Northampton Saints’ Australian centre Rob Horne has remained in hospital over the weekend after suffering a nasty injury during Saints’ away victory against Leicester on Saturday afternoon, the Northampton Chronicle report.

Horne, who was named as captain for the game, was carried off on a stretcher after receiving six minutes of on-field treatment.

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Horne was knocked out when he ran into Leicester number eight Sione Kalamafoni straight from the kick-off and left the field in a neck brace to a standing ovation from both sets of supporters.

The centre was taken to a local hospital in Leicester, with Northampton Saints telling the media after the match had finished that Horne was conscious and responding to questions. The club provided a further update on Sunday evening over Horne’s condition.

The 28-year-old Australian is receiving specialist treatment to his right arm and will continue to be assessed to determine the extent of his injury. He wishes to send his thanks to everyone at Leicester Royal Infirmary and for the messages of support he and his family have received.

In a match which was overshadowed by the freak injury, Northampton eventually ran out 27-21 winners in the Aviva Premiership over their east midlands rivals.