Wallabies and Waratahs second rower Dan Vickerman has vowed to overcome a run of injuries and insisted that he will play rugby again.
The thirty-two-year-old Cape Town born line out star is still recovering from an operation to remove a rod from his shin but says he is not giving on his playing career yet.
"I'm still training, I want to play rugby and as long as I can do that I'll keep going," he said.
"Now I've just got to see if I can get over this operation and get back on the field, I want to play with the Tahs and get selected and do my best there. "
"There's still a lot of stuff I want to achieve in my football career - I'm not going to cut it short quite yet."
Vickerman took time out from his rugby career in 2008 to study at Cambridge University in England and played a few rugby matches for Northampton Saints before returning to Australia where he made the world cup squad last year.
The abrasive second-rower says that he hopes to be running again within a month.
"I think once I'm over the operation I'll go through the rehab process and see where we go from there," he told WAToday.
"I'd like to say once I get over the surgery I'll probably start running in a few weeks time and see if that works for me and then go from there."
Vickerman had the rod inserted in his tibia during 2012 in an effort to relieve stress on the bone and it allowed him to play in the Rugby World Cup but the stress fracture in his shin continued to caused pain and it is hoped that removing the rod will help ease the pain.
Vickerman has also had his shoulder reconstructed but his age coupled with the time he has spent out of the game has led to speculation that he may not return.
The 2003 Rugby World Cup finalist however says that he is "optimistic" about his chances of returning.
"It's been a bit of a frustrating ride ... you've got to believe in yourself and if I didn't think it was worth giving it a shot, I wouldn't be giving it a shot," he said.