Saracens forgotten man Jacques Burger will make his long awaited comeback on Sunday and may still feature in the Heineken Cup.
The Namibian flanker has spent almost 17 months on the sidelines due to a career-threatening knee injury.
Burger, who appeared destined for retirement, underwent a staggering six operations on his troublesome knee.
But he is poised to return to action against Worcester Warriors at Allianz Park as Saracens continue their preparations for the Heineken Cup semi-finals.
The English club face Toulon at Twickenham on April 28, and Burger was added to their squad ahead of the knockout stages.
"It's surreal but I can't wait to be out there on the pitch," said Burger.
"It will be very sweet. I've missed it like a very good friend and I can't wait to be back."
The 29-year-old was voted among the top five players at the 2011 World Cup and is hoping to battle Will Fraser for a place in Saracens starting line-up.
"It's always tough when the team do well and you're not involved," said Burger. "You're almost a bit jealous because you want to be part of it. But, at the same time, you're really happy for everybody.
"Will's form is good for me because I love the challenge. Even though physically there's still a lot of work to be done, I think I'll make up for that in my keenness to be out there again. My goal is to get back into the No7 jersey and be in regular rotation with Will; it's a healthy situation for me."
And despite almost having his career robbed from him by injury, Burger insists he will continue to put his battered body on the line.
"I'm not going to hold back on anything," said Burger.
"I've no fear of getting hurt again, I'm not afraid of twisting my knee or anything like that. I'm not a tactical player; I just have to work my nuts off and hit people hard if they run at me, it's pretty easy.
"It's been a really, really long year. There were doubts whether I would come back but I've still got the hunger and there's a lot I still want to do - it's where I belong."
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.