Horne ruled out of Games

2010-08-16 17:20

Cape Town - Frankie Horne, a key member of the Springbok Sevens team, has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games later this year because of injury.

Horne, who was named South Africa’s Sevens Player of the Year in 2009, broke a bone in his left hand during the Middlesex Sevens tournament, which was held in London on Saturday. He will undergo an operation tomorrow and will be out of action for approximately 12 weeks.

“Frankie played in the Middlesex tournament along with MJ Mentz, Ryno Benjamin, Marius Schoeman and Paul Delport as added Sevens specific preparation for the Commonwealth Games,” said Paul Treu, coach of the Springbok Sevens team.

“It’s a massive blow for our preparations for the Commonwealth Games, as Frankie is one of the most experienced members of our team and has been in good form the entire season.”

South Africa’s Sevens team for the Commonwealth Games have been finalised and submitted to the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and the South African Sports Commission and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). The team will be announced by SASCOC on August 25.

The Sevens tournament at the Commonwealth Games takes place on October 11 and 12 in Delhi, India.