WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans had some good news yesterday.
Not long after putting a line through Quade Cooper's name for the Rugby Championship tour to South Africa and Argentina, Deans was able to assign a tick to a trio of previously injured players.
Hooker Stephen Moore (hamstring), lock Sitaleki Timani (hamstring) and winger Dominic Shipperley (dislocated finger) will all board the flight heading to Johannesburg today.
All three are expected to be available for selection for clash against the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on September 29.
The Wallabies will be bidding for back-to-back wins on the South African high veldt after winning 41-39 in Bloemfontein in 2010, which represented Australia's first win at altitude in the Republic for 47 years.
Five-eighth Cooper was ruled out of the two games remaining in the tournament on Tuesday evening after scans revealed he will need surgery to fix a damaged knee cartilage.
NSW Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan and Western Force winger Nick Cummins are the only uncapped players named in the 28-man squad for the three-week tour.
Three Queensland players named in the squad will not join their teammates in Johannesburg until next Tuesday.
Centre Ben Tapuai, inside centre Mike Harris and second row Rob Simmons have been given permission to play in Sunday's Brisbane club grand final between University and Sunnybank.
Once through that match, the trio will head to the Republic.
The Wallabies final game in the inaugural Rugby Championship will be against Argentina in Rosario on October 6.
Wallabies squad: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Digby Ioane, Dominic Shipperley, Nick Cummins, Ben Tapuai, Anthony Fainga'a, Pat McCabe, Berrick Barnes, Mike Harris, Nick Phipps, Brett Sheehan, Scott Higginbotham, Radike Samo, Michael Hooper, Liam Gill, Dave Dennis, Rob Simmons, Nathan Sharpe, Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani, Ben Alexander, Paddy Ryan, James Slipper, Benn Robinson, Saia Fainga'a, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota Nau
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