Wallabies and Waratahs centre Rob Horne says that he is confident his Super Rugby season in 2012 will not be hampered by injuries.
Horne missed part of last season with an elbow injury ahead of the Rugby World Cup and then finished the season with a hamstring injury on the Wallabies end of year tour.
The 22-year-old is strong on defence which has made him a favourite of Wallabies coach Robbie Deans but injuries have restricted his time with the Wallabies and prevented him from becoming a permanent fixture.
As he made his debut at the young age of 18 in 2008 he feels that his early start might have contributed to his injuries but now he has four years experience he is confident his body is better equipped for the coming season.
"As I'm getting older I'm probably growing into my body a bit more and that will help moving forward," Horne told AAP.
"In the past those issues I had lended itself to the fact I was still growing and all that stuff.
"I feel now I'm starting to grow into my body and feel comfortable in that so I'm just looking forward to a good year.
"It's good for me to start a pre-season and start a year healthy.
"It's the first time for a while," said Horne who is in line to play in the Waratahs' opening trial on February the 10th.
Horne has grown in confidence from his experience at the Rugby world Cup and says he has ensured that his injury battles haven't affected his mental state.
"If you let that engulf your thinking you're on a hiding to nothing so for me personally it's a new year and it's a new beginning with new challenges and new opportunities," he said.
"For me, I'm excited to start this year healthy and just to build and continue to grow as a player."