Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says journeyman Quade Cooper could be set for a return in Saturday’s must win clash with the All Blacks in New Zealand.
Cooper has not played for Australia since last year’s World Cup, but could line up for his 59th Test Cap after centres Matt Giteau and Rob Horne went down during Saturday’s 42-8 loss to the All Blacks in Sydney, with the pair ruled out for the remainder of the Rugby Championship.
Cheika said Cooper was among a number of players who could slot in at inside centre.
"There are a few options we've got there. The possibility of playing the ball runners together with Samu coming in there,” he said.
"Or we could ... try and work two playmakers around. Quade's obviously been there or thereabouts in training, Reece Hodge has also put his hand up quite well at training over the last few weeks.
"Quade's someone I'd consider in the team at 10 or 12, or fullback. It's depending on what our situation requires.
"We've lost a few of our regular 12s so we're going to have to do something there that's a little bit different whether it's structure in our play or set-up in our personnel."
Cooper signed a three-year deal with the Wallabies but is yet to link with a Super Rugby club for 2017, but he has been tipped to return to his former home at the Queensland Reds.