Wallabies and Waratahs winger Drew Mitchell could make a shock return to Super Rugby a month ahead of schedule and tour South Africa with the squad.
Mitchell injured his ankle last year playing against the Reds but never fully recovered even though he played briefly in the Rugby World Cup.
If the Waratahs can beat the Bulls this weekend in Sydney they will have more of a chance to reach the play offs which makes the tour of South Africa more important to their play off hopes.
Mitchell has emerged a a strong contender to join the squad in South Africa which would be a month ahead of schedule.
The Wallabies winger has been out of Super Rugby all year but has recently started sprint training and will undergo a series of intensive sessions on Wednesday with physio staff to test the ankle.
The Waratahs plan to tour with Mitchell and to ease him back against the Stormers in Cape Town, or more likely the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
The Waratahs have missed Mitchell's try scoring abilities but for his comeback to happen a month early they must to beat the Bulls in order to keep them in line for the play offs.