Springbok loose forward Schalk Burger is hungry to get back onto the field again.
Burger has resumed training after a serious neck injury sustained in June ruled him out of competitive rugby for six months and threatened to end his career.
However, the 23-year-old believes he is fully fit again and is raring to get back out onto the field.
“In January we have two practice games – one against the Bulls on the 13th and one against Boland on the 20th. I reckon I’ll be able to play in one of those games,” Burger told Die Son.
“I’ve taken semi contact already, but not yet full contact. I’ll probably work that in at a later stage.”
Burger believes the time away has been excellent for both his motivation and his game, and is confident that the experience will help him secure a berth in the South Africa squad at next year’s World Cup.
“When you are not playing you see the game a little differently and it makes you very hungry.
“If you play too much, you can sometimes become (unhappy), but now I feel rested and I’m aching to play again.”