Thorn was parachuted into the Leinster side in the run-in to their Heineken Cup win in 2012. Colm O'Neill/INPHO

One of rugby's biggest cult heroes might be playing on into his 41st year

Brad Thorn won’t ever not be playing professional rugby.

BRAD THORN WOULD be a great character in The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones because long after EVERYONE else on the show has been cannibalised or killed on the battlefield, Thorn would be cutting down trees with a big axe so he has enough firewood for another year of survival.

The former World Cup winner is 40 now and playing with Leicester in the Premiership but amazingly the Courier Mail newspaper in Australia doesn’t think the Tigers will be Thorn’s last stop.

They are reporting that the teak-tough forward could be tempted into a player/coach role with the Queensland Reds that would see him extend his career into 2016.

Thorn’s longevity is absurd. This is a guy who made his professional rugby league debut when Robbie Henshaw was just a year old. Even his Heineken Cup win with Leinster was three years ago and that was meant to be the grand finale to his career after his World Cup win with the All Blacks in 2011.

To summarise, Brad Thorn is a bloody legend and the longer he sticks around, the better rugby will be.

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