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Cane eager to get back into Super Rugby

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/02/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane, sidelined since getting an ankle injury on the All Blacks' end-of-year tour, is keen to make his return to Super Rugby.</span> © Getty Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane, sidelined since getting an ankle injury on the All Blacks' end-of-year tour, is keen to make his return to Super Rugby. Sam Cane is itching to make his Super Rugby return for the Chiefs against the Blues after being sidelined for more than three months.

The openside flanker has been in recovery mode after seriously injuring his ankle in the All Blacks' 21-9 win over Ireland in Dublin last November.

"It's been pretty intense as I've had a lot of exercises to do to try and strengthen my ankle," Cane said.

"Time is the main healer for something like this so I've had to be patient."

Coach Dave Rennie has indicated he's seriously considering giving his co-captain a run in Hamilton on Friday night, but the man himself is just keen to fit in when he's needed.

"Whatever they want, I'll be happy with, whether that's starting, a cameo off the bench or another week off," he said.

"I know they'll be doing what's best for the team."

Cane was impressed with the Chiefs in their season-opening 24-15 win over the Highlanders in Dunedin last Friday.

He pointed to the staunch defensive effort and said it was no mean feat to keep the Highlanders try-less.

He's also keen to keep his unbeaten record going against the Blues, having not lost to them during a 10-match winning streak dating back to his debut in 2011.

"It's one match we really get up for," he said.

"It's great to be playing at home as it seems like forever since we last played here against Wales in June."

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