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Cory Jane set to return for Wellington
October 1, 2013
Try time for New Zealand's Cory Jane, Argentina v New Zealand, The Rugby Championship, Estadio De La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 29, 2012
Cory Jane has endured months of rehabilitation from his knee injury © Getty Images
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Wellington utility back Cory Jane is set to make a return to the rugby field for his province when they host Auckland on Saturday evening.

According to coach Chris Boyd, Jane, who missed the Hurricanes' Super Rugby season with an anterior cruciate knee injury, was due to return to ITM Cup action on Saturday and nothing has changed throughout the recovery process.

"The expectation is unless something has happened in Australia, where he has been attending a wedding, then he'll be available for selection in some form at the weekend," Boyd told the Dominion Post. "I haven't discussed with him whether he'll come off the bench or start."

Jane's return is a massive boost for a Wellington side determined to finish the season unbeaten and secure an ITM Cup home final in the process. Jane is one of three players set to return from injury, with fellow utility back Alapati Leiua (knee) and centre Tim Bateman (hip) formally discharged from Wellington's medical ward.

Such is the side's depth that the absence of one of Wellington's finds of the season, wing Ambrose Curtis, will go largely unnoticed. The tall, athletic right wing has been called into an All Blacks Sevens training camp due to take place at Mt Maunganui.

The match shapes as the perfect Premiership semi-final warm-up for both sides.

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