Crusaders regular captain Richie McCaw says that he is excited about getting back into playing rugby and that he has no regrets about having a break.
McCaw last played rugby for the All Blacks on December the 1st last year and has been on sabbatical since then.
The Crusaders captain will play for Christchurch club against University in a senior club game on Saturday afternoon.
"I've no regrets at all," McCaw said at Crusaders training on Wednesday about his six month break.
"I'm excited about getting back into it and that's the way it should be," McCaw told Sportal.
"My biggest fear was that it would get to the point where I'd stop enjoying it and it was starting to get on top of me a bit."
The All Black captain said that he is feeling refreshed and realised that he wants to keep playing for the enjoyment it brings.
McCaw said that he is prepared to play 80 minutes for Christchurch on Saturday but was unsure about how much time he would get.
"I'm sure if I run out of legs they'll give me a break."
"The first thing is to get through Saturday then it is about the needs of the Crusaders. So maybe if Saturday goes well you can put your hat in the ring for next week.
"But then it is up to Todd (Blackadder, Crusaders coach) and what is right for the team and that obviously is the most important thing."
McCaw has kept himself fit while being on his break and says that he is now relishing the return to action.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back on the field."
"I've done a fair amount of training and have started to get itchy feet in the last couple of weeks which is good."