Crusaders regular captain Richie McCaw has confirmed that he is aiming to return to Super Rugby for the play offs which start next month.
McCaw is on sabbatical and is under no obligation to play for the Crusaders but wants to play if everything works out.
McCaw says that he will make his return to rugby through club rugby and his Christchurch side and then into Super Rugby.
"I think that's what I need, you need to do it right," McCaw told Newstalkzb.
"The contact and all that sort of stuff is what you need to get a bit of.
"I'll probably go to a bit of Crusader training and be a menace there and annoy them all I suppose."
McCaw's sabbatical has been taken to try and extend his career so that he can play for the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and he is nearing the end of the six month break.
The All Black captain said that he is weeks into a training programme and is feeling good with no injuries so he hopes to play club rugby in about a month's time.
"After that we'll see how we go with the Crusaders and stuff. I've had a brief yarn to Todd about the possibility if there's a need there, but it's got to be right for everyone.
"But that's sort of where we're at."
McCaw said that if everything went well he was hoping to return for the Crusaders in the opening week of the Super Rugby play offs if they make it that far.
"Whether that's the right thing or not, that's not going to be totally my decision.
"It's up to Todd and myself to have a discussion about that and what's right for the team."
McCaw said that he would also consider an earlier return if the Crusaders needed him but ideally he would like to have done around 11weeks of pre season training.
"If it's around that time then yeah. If you're ready to play, and I've got to make sure I'm ready to play, then I'd be happy to."
The 2013 Super Rugby playoffs start on July the 19th.