New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw is looking forward to his return to the game next month following his sabbatical.
The 32-year-old has not played this year after triggering a sabbatical clause in his contract to give his body a break in the hope of extending his career through to the 2015 World Cup.
He has instead travelled the world and rested niggling injuries, including a troublesome bone in his foot which caused problems throughout the 2011 World Cup campaign.
McCaw now feels refreshed and plans to play for club side Christchurch early next month and could also be available for his Super 15 team the Canterbury Crusaders if they are involved in the latter stages of the season.
On the international stage, the 116-Test veteran is also set to resume captaining duties for the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship after relinquishing the armband to Kieran Read for the series against France.
"It's still three or four weeks away yet, that's the plan," said McCaw, adding he feels 'pretty good' after his self-imposed exile.
"My aim is to be in better nick than I have in the past couple of years.
"With my foot injury and so on, I've always been rushed. I wanted to not only have a break but also have a chance to get myself in shape, which I've done."