Former All Black Adam Thomson is training with the Chiefs ahead of the Super Rugby season.
The loose forward's return to Super Rugby is part of a remarkable comeback for the World Cup winner, who was hospitalised and unable to walk in Japan just two years ago due to a spinal infection.
The 37-year-old played for Otago in last year’s Mitre 10 Cup after four years with the Canon Eagles.
"New year, new jersey," he wrote in an Instagram post, showing him wearing a Chiefs training jersey.
"Last week I was camping in the MacKenzie Country for some overdue kiwi-summer family time. Today I pulled on this jersey and mixed it up with 8 current @allblacks and a @superrugbynz side stacked with talent!
"It's a strange old beast this life we live, this time 2 years ago I was flat on my back in a Japanese hospital unable to walk. So never underestimate what the human body can do with a little self belief and a whole lot of hard work – persistence pays.
Thomson has played 96 Super Rugby games for three teams, the Highlanders, Reds and Rebels.