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Fit again Heem eyeing up Saints clash

Aaron Wise 15th Nov, 2017

VERSATILE Kiwi Bryce Heem is itching to feature in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership match against Northampton Saints after making his return from injury in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The 28-year-old winger, who can also play at full-back, made his comeback from a thigh problem against Sale Sharks.

Heem was hurt in Warriors’ defeat to Gloucester in September and the New Zealand Sevens international is now hoping to return to the form that saw him cross the whitewash on nine occasions last season.

“It’s been great to get back out on the field and get the ball in hand,” said the former Super Rugby player.

“I was buzzing and had a lot of fun (against Sale Sharks). I enjoyed playing at full-back, it’s similar to playing on the wing and from an attack point of view, you get a bit more time on the ball and create more for the wingers. It’s another strength to my bow and I made the most of it.

“It’s been a frustrating phase for me. I had three hematomas (collection of blood outside the blood vessels) on my one thigh. It was starting to show signs of calcification (accumulation of calcium salts in body tissue) and when that starts to happen it gets a bit serious.

“I had to take some time away from rugby to let it heal on its own, but it’s as good as new now so I’m just excited to be back in the thick of it.

“Hopefully I can have a helping hand in winning some matches. I’m looking forward to the Saints game, which I’m hoping to put my hand up for.”

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