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Sportal.co.nz     11 Jul 2013     Getty Images

A return to the Crusaders for the play-offs is likely should McCaw strike no problems in his first match since leading the All Blacks against England at Twickenham on December 1.

That international was played before a crowd of some 80,000 and there could be about 800 at Christchurch Park on Saturday afternoon to watch McCaw appear for his Christchurch club against University in a senior club game.

"I've no regrets at all," McCaw said at Crusaders training on Wednesday of his extended break when he switched off rugby completely for the early months of it.

"I'm excited about getting back into it and that's the way it should be. My biggest fear was that it would get to the point where I'd stop enjoying it and it was starting to get on top of me a bit."

McCaw said that he was now refreshed and realised he wanted to keep playing for the enjoyment he derived from it.

Although prepared to play 80 minutes for Christchurch on Saturday, McCaw said he did not know how much time he would get. "I'm sure if I run out of legs they'll give me a break.

"The first thing is to get through Saturday then it is about the needs of the Crusaders. So maybe if Saturday goes well you can put your hat in the ring for next week.

"But then it is up to Todd [Blackadder, Crusaders coach] and what is right for the team and that obviously is the most important thing."

After working hard on his fitness for the last months, McCaw was relishing the return to action.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back on the field. I've done a fair amount of training and have started to get itchy feet in the last couple of weeks which is good."

McCaw, who last played for Christchurch in 2009, said it nice to give something back to the club which had supported him ever since he moved to the city. What he didn't appreciate so much was the rain and chill experienced at Tuesday night's training.

McCaw said the demise of former Crusaders coach, Robbie Deans, as the Wallabies coach showed it could be a 'pretty brutal industry'.

"He was a great coach when we had him here and I'm sure whatever teams he goes on to coach he will have success going forward, but it's just the nature of the beast."