Ben Blair happy with Cardiff Blues comeback

Ben Blair is tackled by Gloucester's Matt Cox
Blair has won four caps for the All Blacks

Ben Blair has targeted a return to Cardiff Blues' team following his comeback from a serious knee injury.

The New Zealander played for the first time in 15 months on Saturday as an understrength Blues side lost to Goucester in the LV= Cup.

Blair hopes to step-up his comeback over the coming weeks with the ultimate aim a regular place in the Pro 12 side.

"I'd like to be starting obviously. I don't want to come back and not play again," he said.

The Blues host Harlequins in the LV= Cup next Sunday before facing Connacht in the Pro 12 the following Friday.

And Blair added: "I want to get these couple of LV games and try and put myself in the frame for the Rabo [Pro 12] and try and get some game time there.

"I'll hopefully be involved next week and try and put myself in the frame for the game against Connacht at home.

"[I'm] not looking too far ahead after that but I'll try and get my body nice and fit and get some form together. We'll see how it goes."

Blair played 62 minutes for the Blues in their 40-3 defeat at Gloucester and scored their only points with a second-minute penalty.

"I was pretty happy. I felt a little unprepared going into the game but it's good to get the first one done with," said the 32-year-old.

"I knew it was going to be tough coming over here and playing a pretty strong and experienced Gloucester side.

"Now I can look forward to improving and hopefully play some good rugby towards the end of the season."

Blair suffered a knee injury in the Heineken Cup match against Castres in October 2010 and admits he had doubts whether he would return.

"I just persevered and I know I'm not going to feel as good as I used to. But I felt really good out there, running around just like normal," added Blair, who joined the Blues in 2006.

"[It's] all about improving every little aspect of my game and enjoying my rugby again."

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