Canada have been handed a welcome boost with the news that experienced second-row Jamie Cudmore is set to be fit for the World Cup.
The veteran lock has missed the Pacific Nations Cup in order to train for pre-season with Clermont, as he continues to recover from concussion problems.
Cudmore suffered an initial knock to the head during the European Champions Cup final, and did not feature again last season after receiving a second blow to the head in training in the build-up to the Top 14 play-offs.
As a result he needed the off-season to try to recover from the problem, and underwent tests this week to see if he had fully recovered.
The results arrived this week, and it appears the Canadian will be ready to take part in the tournament, but he admitted he thought he might have to retire at one point.
"I've had the green light from the doctors to start playing again. I hope to play at the World Cup, if I'm picked," he told L'Equipe.
"I was scared," he added to Sports Auvergne. "It was very complicated because when you hurt your arm or your leg, you can always look ahead to the future. But when it's your head, you're not sure where you're going.
"It's only time that lets you know if you will recover. It wasn't easy. So either I went to the World Cup, or I would have to end my career.
"I thought about stopping, of course. I'm 36, I've had a great career and have a family and lots of things to do after rugby. I didn't want to take any risks, for everything to disappear because I played a game too many.
"It was great news for me and a real relief above all. I listened to my body and have been able to come back slowly. The result is that now everything is going well."