Former Scotland winger Thom Evans could be set for a remarkable comeback as he prepares to play in a Sevens tournament in Dubai next week.
The event, which coincides with the Dubai leg of the Sevens World Series, will see Evans turn out in the International Open for the UR7s side.
Evans hasn't played since coming close to paralysis after a collision with Lee Byrne playing for Scotland against Wales in the 2010 Six Nations left him with a spinal injury.
Evans was forced to retire, but according to the Daily Mail the 30-year-old has been working extensively with renowned sprint coach Margot Wells.
"I’m honoured to be able to get the opportunity to play, and this tournament is to see how I hold up being back on the pitch,’ Evans told the Daily Mail.
"Only after the tournament will I have an idea about my rugby future.
"I played in the Rugby Aid match (at Twickenham Stoop in September) and my body felt strong and that is what got me interested in the Sevens competition.
"I have no ambitions or anything other than just to play in this tournament in Dubai and see how my body holds up.
"The idea just now is to play Sevens. The body feels really good. I will see how it is. I have been working really hard with Margot (Wells) and strengthening everything up."
Wells, who in the past has done extensive work with Danny Cipriani and Mike Brown, went as far to say that Evans was in better physical condition now then he was before his serious injury over five years ago.
"The surgeon was amazed at his recovery but it is not as if there was any physical damage to his body," explained Wells.
"It is now as strong as it has ever been, he is as fast as he has ever been, as powerful as he has ever been and there is no area of weakness at all. I would actually say he is better now than when he got hurt.
"There is a danger every time someone goes out on the pitch, whether they have a problem or not. It’s a bloody stupid game! It’s getting stupider by the minute. But he has prepared the best he can.
"He has not got any match fitness, which is a bit of a drawback but in terms of his physicality, then he is as good as he has ever been, if not better."