Pat McCabe is in line for a first Test start in almost two years in Australia's opening game of the Rugby Championship next weekend.
Pat McCabe is in line for a first Test start in almost two years in Australia's opening game of the Rugby Championship.
The 26-year-old Brumbies back is set to replace Nick Cummins on the wing for the Wallabies for the Bledisloe Cup clash against the All Blacks in Sydney next weekend, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
It marks an incredible recovery from successive career-threatening neck injuries for McCabe.
McCabe suffered a second broken neck in the space of a year against the Lions last year, and has not started under new coach Ewen McKenzie.
But he now seems certain to take the place of the departed Cummins in one of just two likely changes from the team that beat France in Sydney in June.
That means that Adam Ashley-Cooper, man of the match for the Waratahs in their Super Rugby final win over the Crusaders while playing centre, will stay on the wing, with Tevita Kuridrani keeping his place at outside centre.
Nathan Charles should start at hooker in place of the injured Tatafu Polota-Nau in the only other expected change.
McKenzie is planning to reward the players who have helped Australia to seven successive Test wins, and as a result, in-form Waratahs players Kurtley Beale and Nick Phipps will have to settle for places on the bench.