Cape Town - Springbok wing Cornal Hendricks has not given up on a return to rugby despite his continued battle with a serious heart condition.
Hendricks has not played rugby since his condition was revealed at a Blitzboks training camp.
The 28-year-old was considered a front-runner to be a part of the Blitzboks side that will do battle at the Olympics in Rio next month, while he has also not featured for the Stormers since making the move from the Cheetahs ahead of the current Super Rugby season.
But despite his career seemingly hanging in the balance, Hendricks is not giving up on a return.
According to Netwerk24, Hendricks not only wants to return to rugby but wants to win back his Springbok jersey.
"This is juts another obstacle in my life," he said.
"I've never been one to just accept a situation like this. I see myself as a fighter and the challenge now is to get healthy and play rugby for the Springboks again."
Hendricks is exercising regularly at the Stellenbosch Academy for Sport, but he has had his hands full with the Cornal Hendricks Foundation, which seeks to provide support to underprivileged children in Wellington.
Hendricks has played 12 Test for the Springboks since making his debut in 2014.