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James Horwill set to return for Queensland Reds for first time in eight months

Last Updated: 05/02/13 11:38am

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James Horwill: Is set to return against the Waikato Chiefs after eight months out

James Horwill: Is set to return against the Waikato Chiefs after eight months out

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Australia captain James Horwill is set to return to action for the Queensland Reds in this Friday's pre-season friendly against the Waikato Chiefs.

The return of Horwill is good news for the 2011 Super Rugby Champions as scrum-half Will Genia is set to miss the opening rounds of the season.

The inspirational lock missed all of the last international season after being injured in a Super Rugby match in May last year and his return will be a major boost for the Wallabies ahead of the arrival of the British and Irish Lions in June.

Horwill said: "I'm a terrible spectator at the best of times, so it's a huge relief to be out of team rehab and in a position to play once again.

"We've been extremely diligent in not rushing the rehab process to ensure that my hamstring would be ready for when the Super Rugby season kicked off. It's exciting to now be at that stage and I'm just looking forward to Friday night."

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