Cane suffered a broken neck during the All Blacks’ 32-30 victory over the Springboks in October after an attempted cleanout went awry.
“As bad as the injury was, I also, in a funny way, felt pretty lucky because it could have been a lot worse,” Cane told the Herald. “We’re only a couple of millimetres away from never playing again so in a funny way I was pretty grateful that I was going to be OK and, one: I was going to be able to live a healthy, normal life and two: to get back playing rugby is awesome.”
Cane said he was “pretty immobile” and in a lot of pain for the first six weeks of his recovery.
Late last month 27-year-old Cane was able to finally get rid of his neck brace and partake in some light exercise.
“Coming back to training now after having pretty much four months away from rugby completely, I’m genuinely excited to be back,” Cane said.
“There’s been a lot of firsts. You know, like the first time doing this since the injury and coming to grips with what you can and can’t do. After three months of being told not to pick up anything more than two kilos or do anything strenuous whatsoever, to be back running, jeez you’re a bit tentative and it’s all just getting your confidence back really.”
With no return date set, Cane will see a specialist in April to assess how well his fracture is healing.
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