Planet Rugby

Thorn has no thoughts of quitting

07th May 2014 09:19

Share:

Brad Thorn Highlanders SR 2013

One more year: Brad Thorn

Veteran Highlanders second-row Brad Thorn is not about to hang up his boots despite sustaining a biceps tear last month.

The former All Blacks lock, now 39, suffered the damage in early April as he tackled the Bulls' full-back Jurgen Vissar in a Super Rugby clash in Dunedin.

''I was pumped, thinking I'm the first guy here, I'm going to get that fullback. I grabbed him but when I grabbed him he went another way and I heard something. I just knew something had happened. I tried to carry on," Thorn told the New Zealand Herald.

''I hit a maul and it did not feel right. I just knew I needed to get it looked at. There was still good strength in my arm. But the specialist looked at it and said it is gone.''

Perhaps owing to Thorn's incredible longevity in the professional era, this is his first major injury in a twenty-year career. It has curtailed his involvement with the Highlanders' conclusion to their Super Rugby campaign and will rule him out for up to five months.

But the old warhorse, known for his all-action style of play and phenomenal fitness levels, says he has one more year at the top left in him - wherever that may be.

''I will say I will play again. This year is a little bit frustrating. I only got to play four games when I am used to playing 25 to 30 games. I definitely want to play again. I've got to look where," added Thorn.

''A guy from the Bulls did the same injury the week before and he is 27. There are guys every week who get injuries and their season is over. It is just because I happen to have the number 39 beside my name. Does that mean my body is telling me something? I don't know.

''It is a contact sport. I go hard and for once, I got an injury. Is it because I'm old now? Maybe, I don't know.

''Wherever I play next year, that is it. That is going to be my final season. I'm just having a break now; I'm four months away and letting things heal.

''I will get to a place where I am more comfortable, then I will start to train.''

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 25
Ulster vs Toulon13:00
Scarlets vs Leicester19:45
Bath vs Toulouse15:15
Montpellier vs Glasgow17:15
Northampton vs Ospreys17:15
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale13:00
Castres vs Leinster15:15
Wasps vs Harlequins17:15
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 9217:15
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles19:45
Friday , October 24
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Grenoble vs London Irish18:30
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle19:30
Brive vs Zebre19:30
Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby19:45
Saturday , October 25
Bucuresti vs Stade FrancaisTBC
Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues14:00
Exeter vs Connacht15:00
Oyonnax vs Gloucester19:45
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
Saracens 30 - 23 Clermont AuvergneSaracens vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro 92 20 - 11 NorthamptonRacing Metro 92 vs Northampton Report
Glasgow 37 - 10 BathGlasgow vs Bath Report
Leicester 25 - 18 UlsterLeicester vs Ulster Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
LOU Rugby 28 - 18 London WelshLOU Rugby vs London Welsh Report
Zebre 24 - 33 Oyonnax
Cardiff Blues 37 - 14 Grenoble
Stade Francais 22 - 38 Newport Gwent D'gons
Bayonne 30 - 24 Exeter
Connacht 48 - 12 La Rochelle
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Lions 50 - 20 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Western Province 31 - 23 Blue BullsWestern Province vs Blue Bulls Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 49 - 30 AucklandTaranaki vs Auckland Report
Manawatu 23 - 18 Southland
Tasman 26 - 6 CanterburyTasman vs Canterbury Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 17
Harlequins 25 - 9 CastresHarlequins vs Castres Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Bordeaux-Begles 13 - 15 EdinburghBordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Report
Newcastle 43 - 19 Bucuresti
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615