All Blacks and Crusaders captain Richie McCaw says that he won't reinvent himself when he returns to Super Rugby - possibly this weekend on Sunday.
McCaw could be named on the bench for the Crusaders against the Waratahs in Sydney on Sunday.
While McCaw has been out of the game he has been studying the latest trends in the game and says that he feels like could have played rugby a month ago so he is more than ready mentally to return.
"You know you are ready to go again when you start imagining what you would do in certain situations and I have found myself doing that over the last month while watching the TV, imagining how I would have tried to tackle a bloke in certain situations.
"I do not think you will see massive changes in my game this year but I am always trying to get better and there are certain things happening in the game that mean I will have to evolve, for example, how I defend." McCaw told Fairfax.
"There's a much more team approach to turning over ball so I will have to adjust and get better at that."
Thirty one year old McCaw is at a potentially interesting crossroads as by the time the next world cup comes along he will be in his mid thirties when most players have already hung up their boots. McCaw however says he hopes his best days are ahead of him.
"Plenty of players do not reach their peak until their 30s and I would like to think I am one of them."
"My body is as fit and fast as it has ever been, maybe not right now, but it will be in a few weeks. "
"And I feel good mentally now that there are some great challenges ahead."