The Wallabies have received a massive boost with star flanker David Pocock declaring himself available for selection for their final rugby World Cup Pool C match against Russia on Saturday after missing their previous two games with a stiff back.
The Wallabies are the walking wounded right now with a host of players on the injured list and Pocock's return will be a timely pick me up for Robbie Deans side.
Pocock was missed in the 15-6 loss to Ireland at Eden Park 10 days ago as the Irish loose forwards dominated the breakdown and put immense pressure on Australian hafbacks Will Genia and Quade Cooper.
The 23-year-old says the team's well aware of the implications of their loss to Ireland, which has made their path in the knockout phases more treacherous.
They are now expected to meet world champions South Africa in the quarter-finals, and should they advance face hosts New Zealand in the semi-finals.