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Donald set for Waikato comeback
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September 14, 2010
Waikato fly-half Stephen Donald takes on the North Harbour defence, Waikato v North Harbour, Air New Zealand Cup, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, October 1, 2009
Stephen Donald will be back in action for Waikato on Thursday © Getty Images
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All Blacks fly-half Stephen Donald will make his long-awaited comeback on Thursday when Waikato take on ITM Cup high-flyers Southland in Hamilton.

The 26-year-old has been out of action since June, having undergone surgery on a chest muscle injury sustained while playing for his club rugby side University. Waikato boss Chris Gibbes has included him among the replacements for the game against the Ranfurly Shield holders, who are second on the ladder.

"Stephen has come through his injury rehab really well," Gibbes said. "He has been working with both Chiefs' and Waikato trainers and he's itching to get back on the field."

Donald was ruled out of the Tri-Nations as a result of his injury but will now be hoping to make a late run for the All Blacks' November tour squad.

He faces tough competition, with Manawatu youngster Aaron Cruden having deputised for Dan Carter this season. Canterbury midfielders Sonny Bill Williams and Robbie Fruean have also been in impressive form and are potential tour bolters.

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