Horwill re-signs with Reds
Sydney - Wallabies skipper James Horwill is looking forward to the "series of a
lifetime" against the British and Irish Lions after signing an
extension to his deal with the Australia Rugby Union (ARU) until 2015 on
The 27-year-old lock, who missed the last international
season through injury, had already extended his deal with the Reds and was therefore unlikely to join fellow Wallabies Drew Mitchell
and Digby Ioane in heading to France.
Horwill will be one of the
first names on the team sheet for the Lions clashes and is likely to
lead his country into the highly-anticipated series.
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up quickly now and you can really feel that in the intensity it has
brought to Super Rugby this year, especially in the derby games," he
said in a news release.
"The competition just to make the squad is fierce, which is exactly as it should be.
bodes well for what is going to be the series of a lifetime, both for
the test players but also those players who feature against the Lions in
the tour matches.
"You just have to look at the power in the touring squad they have named to see that."
led Queensland to the 2011 Super Rugby title and then captained
Australia for the first time when the Wallabies clinched the Tri-Nations
title for the first time in a decade with a 25-20 win over the All
Handed the captaincy on a permanent basis in preference to
Rocky Elsom in a surprise move on the eve of the 2011 World Cup,
Horwill led Australia to third place in New Zealand.