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Cory Jane has revealed the gruesome details of the moment he ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament, saying he initially thought his right knee had detached from his leg.
And with heavy swelling 12 days after the training accident, the Hurricanes and All Blacks wing admits he will be lucky to play any rugby this year.
''The grounds were pretty hard, but we were doing a light drill, it wasn't even full-on contact or anything,'' Jane told a throng of media in Wellington today.
''I went to get a pass from the halfback, then I went to step and the leg slipped a little bit.
''I kind of had to do the splits and one of the boys tapped me from the other side and I just folded over. I knew straight away something was bad.
''It felt like my knee was hanging out the side of my leg.''
Jane was told the next day he'd ruptured his ACL and, though ''gutted'', said he had prepared himself for the worst by the time he received his scan results.
His immediate focus is on reducing the swelling that is delaying his surgery, something he has accepted will probably scupper his chances of challenging for a spot on the All Blacks end of year tour.
''When I first spoke to the surgeon that's what I had in my mind, but I thought he'd do it [the surgery] straight away, but like I said you have to get the swelling down.
''It is coming down, but I won't know [when I'll be able to start rehab] til he says, 'I want to cut your leg open'. It's normally the time from then [you can gauge your come back]... I'm hoping I'll play some kind of rugby this year, but that's if all goes well.''
Jane has taken heart from the fact so many of his peers have, or are, dealing with ACL injuries.
''It's like buying a new car. You look at a new car and think geez no-one's got one, but then you get it and everyone's driving the darn thing,'' he said.
''There's a couple of boys in the team [Hurricanes] who have had it done, Quade Cooper has had it done, Will Genia is doing it as well. So there's quite a few people who have done it.
''When you come back you just have to be smart about things after surgery. If you rush back it could take a while and you do it again.
"I'll take my time. I've talked to the Hurricanes coaches and All Blacks coaches. They've said take your time, get it right, so there's no pressure there. I'll do that and come back when it's 100 per cent.''
Jane, whose wife Amie is expecting the couple's fourth child, said he was too busy to wallow in self pity.
''At the moment I'm up. I'm not getting depressed or anything about it. It is what it is. It's part of the game. You get injuries and you just have to deal with it.
''At first it wasn't too good. The knee was a bit swollen up and a bit sore, but now it's not too bad. I can walk on it [with crutches], but I have to just be patient and keep getting the swelling down so the surgeon can do the business.''
He is set to see his surgeon again tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Richard Kahui's return to the rugby field has been delayed by further shoulder surgery.
Kahui had an operation on Friday to clean out the shoulder he injured last season but he is hopeful he'll be back for the Chiefs' first match against the Highlanders.
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