Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Legend's Son Making Mark

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Legend's Son Making Mark

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JUSTIN Horo won't be nervous running out against the Gold Coast tonight, but the impressive Parramatta rookie can remember when leading an NRL team through the tunnel was just too much to handle.

When he was 10, his father Mark was finishing up his league career with the Auckland Warriors, and young Justin was never far from the action.

He mucked around with the players and often got ex-Kiwi prop Joe Vagana into trouble in the gym.

But there was one aspect of being the son of a New Zealand legend which Horo loathed.

"I used to run the team out through the tunnel onto the field which was a pretty daunting experience for a kid," said Horo junior.

"To be honest, I hated it. I wasn't a confident kid, it was just something someone in the Warriors had brought up and dad got me to do.

"I remember Steve Kearney, he was captain at the time, he used to try and ease my nerves. …

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