EXCLUSIVE: AARON Mauger could be back in New Zealand and playing for the All Blacks again in time for the 2011 World Cup. The 45-test All Black has been playing for Leicester Tigers in the English Premiership since the last World Cup. But last night he signalled that if his body holds up, he could return to New Zealand next year. Mauger is still only 28 years old and at his peak as a rugby player. A player of his class and experience would be a huge asset to the All Blacks coaches in their bid to win the World Cup in two years. Mauger had a back injury recently but has revealed, if his body is good, a return to New Zealand is on the cards. "It depends on how well I feel the body is holding up. But if my form is good, it's something I'd definitely consider," Mauger told Sunday News from his home in Leicester. "It's going to be a pretty awesome event that's going to be staged in New Zealand. If I felt I could give it 100%, then I'd consider going back. "The club have been very good over here and there is family to consider, too. But at the moment it's summer time and it's pouring with rain, so it's not enticing me to stay. "We miss that part of having a decent summer back in New Zealand. But there's lots of stuff to consider over the next six months." It was a crucial mistake made by the All Blacks coaches in the World Cup 2007 quarterfinal to leave Mauger out of the team. When a cool head was needed in the last 15 minutes against France in Cardiff, there was none to be found with Mauger watching from the stands. While Ma'a Nonu has played well at second-five for the All Blacks, he is still to develop a kicking game and can play a number of positions in the backline, while Luke McAlister has offered little other than goal-kicking since his return. Mauger has been made vice captain of Leicester for the upcoming English season, in recognition of his leadership qualities and excellent form last season. Mauger revealed he has stayed in regular contact with the All Blacks coaches during his time in England. "I keep in touch," he said. "I got on really well with guys like Steve [Hansen] and Wayne [Smith]. I talked to Smithy a few times early on, he was just ringing to see how I was getting on really. "I haven't really talked much rugby, it's been personal stuff. "They're guys that have helped me out through my career and they're pretty influential. I talk to them mostly out of respect and friendship but those talks might develop down the line and in the next few months we'll see." Ad Feedback Meanwhile, Doug Howlett has not given up hope of playing in the 2011 World Cup. The former All Black's deal with Munster expires at the end of the season and he has to decide whether to stay in Ireland. "Obviously the World Cup is a huge draw but it would have to be a family decision," he told an Irish newspaper. "Being away from it for a while you wonder whether you would be good enough to get back in (the New Zealand squad). "I'm off contract at the end of the season, so there are opportunities to get back and stake a claim." http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-news/sport/2...yes-2011-return He would have to work hard to make the team! We have plenty of young talent in New Zealand.