All Blacks: Sam Cane back training after neck injury against Springboks

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane is back running, after suffering a horror neck injury during New Zealand's 32-30 win over the Springboks in last year's Rugby Championship.

During the test in Pretoria in October, Cane's head was caught in an awkward position at a breakdown, when he made contact with Francois Louw's hip.

He stayed on the ground for several minutes, before getting up and walking off the field in some discomfort.

X-rays showed Cane had a fracture on the lower right side of neck, which required surgery.

There were fears that Cane could be out for an extended period, but he seems well on track to return before the end of the upcoming Super Rugby season.

The 26-year-old posted an Instagram photo of himself running, writing "good way to start the New Year, first time getting into a jog in over three months".

"Have appreciated the messages asking how the recovering is going and best wishes etc.

"I got the neck brace off just before Xmas and am now easing back into some rehab, strength and conditioning work, which I'm loving and is also much needed, after grazing in a pretty good paddock for these last few months."

Cane revealed after his surgery that the "circumference and strength" of his neck saved him from paralysis.