James Mortimer 26.May.2012
The playmaker, who will again feature for Canterbury, suffered another campaign ending injury when he broke his left leg playing against the Brumbies in March.
A compound fracture has ruled him out of the rest of the Investec Super Rugby season, as well as the Steinlager Series and Investec Rugby Championship, but he will hope to try and make his return for the All Blacks end of year tour.
He has sat watching as Aaron Cruden has confirmed his status as Dan Carter's senior understudy, while other young backline generals like Beauden Barrett have celebrated their inclusion into the first All Blacks training squad of 2012.
Slade, who broke his jaw twice last season, told One Sport he still hadn't viewed footage of the break.
"It was a compound fracture, so pretty freaky stuff," Slade said.
"They slide that (a metal rod down the tibia) down your leg and they screw it into your ankle and the side of your knee there, so yeah, that rod is nice and secure in my leg there."
"The mental side of things is the toughest hurdle I suppose because it's pretty deflating to have to go through the whole rehab thing again but I'm used to it."
"It turns out they are pretty good bones and I'm actually above average and there's no reason they should be breaking, apart from just getting in the wrong position."