Hurricanes and All Blacks utility back Nehe Milner-Skudder has targeted the Brisbane Global Tens in February for his return to competitive rugby.
The utility back, who has played eight Tests, missed most of the 2016 season after suffering a serious shoulder injury when playing for the Hurricanes against the Blues in March.
The 25-year-old will have one game before the Tens, a pre-season game with the Blues on February 4, a week out from the inaugural Tens tournament.
"My rehab went well and I've been really enjoying being back training with the squad during the pre-season over the past few weeks. To be honest, I'm champing at the bit to get back on the field," he said in a statement.
"To be able to test myself in a tournament like the Tens will be perfect timing just a few weeks out from the start of our Super season."
The Hurricanes have drawn the Western Force and the Highlanders in their pool on the first day of the tournament before meeting Toulon on the second day.
Teams have squads of 18 players per game at the Tens, but can choose from 26 players thney are able to take to the tournament.
Milner-Skudder was enthusiastic about the Tens concept.
"To have international teams like Toulon and Samoa alongside some of Super Rugby's best teams will be quite unique and no doubt it will be a real test for everyone," he added.
"Tens isn't something most of us get to play too often, so we are all looking forward to giving it a go. Having less numbers means there'll be a bit more space so that'll make for plenty of ball movement and guys backing themselves."