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Sportal.co.nz     12 Aug 2012     Getty Images

Jane missed the Ireland series but was happy that the injury, a high ankle sprain, had recovered and in his last appearance for the Hurricanes, against the Chiefs, there had been no problems at all.

The situation was no unfamiliar for him. Last season he had time out from Investec Super Rugby in the middle of the season, and then more time off after coming back and suffering a hamstring injury in South Africa.

"I used it as a mid-season, pre-season kind of thing and I got a bit faster, stronger and fitter and I came back and made the All Blacks and went from there so I've used the same kind of thing this time.

It was a case of taking the good with the bad. It was bad to be out of the All Blacks' environment but good that you could work harder and get a bit better while out of the rugby side of things, he said.

"Hopefully I'll come out of it in better shape. I do feel good, I feel fitter," he said.

Jane did the best 'yo-yo' test of his career last week in camp and was delighted with that.

In his absence the pressure for places in the three-quarters had intensified with Julian Savea and Hosea Gear setting the pace while Zac Guildford had been left out of the side.

The competition was good though, he said.

"I've had it in the past where you take it for granted and suddenly, whoof, you're not in the team," he said. That was good for forcing a refocus on getting the mind back on the job.

"Having guys around that push you, you know that every time you have to go out on the training field or play a game, you have to play well. Competition is cool," he said.