Injured Wallabies flanker Scott Fardy will use the Super Rugby season to launch his bid for World Cup selection, admitting Australian rugby faces "a pretty strange time" after appointing its third coach in 15 months.
Fardy will miss the Wallabies' five-match tour of Europe after having knee surgery in Brisbane on Tuesday to remove some loose cartilage and allow him to play pain free next year.
In a dramatic week for the Test team, Ewen McKenzie quit as coach on Saturday and NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika was appointed as his successor on Wednesday.
Fardy's injury means he will miss Cheika's first tour as national coach. It leaves the Rugby Championship next year as his only chance to work with Cheika before the World Cup.
ACT Brumbies journeyman Fardy said he thought McKenzie would still be the Wallabies coach for the World Cup.
"It's difficult because I probably thought 'Link' [McKenzie] was going to be there for the rest of the year, it's a weird one," Fardy said.
"I wish the boys all the best [on the spring tour] and I'm disappointed I won't be there.
"I think it's a pretty strange time for Australian rugby but hopefully something good comes out of it next month. We've got some great players in the game at the moment. It's a learning curve going towards the World Cup."
Fardy will be out of action for the rest of this year, but he hopes to start running again by the end of December with the aim of playing in the opening round of the Super Rugby season.
Fardy joins a growing Brumbies injury list which already includes Stephen Moore, David Pocock, Jesse Mogg and Scott Sio.
Sio is close to overcoming the ankle injury that derailed his Test plans this year, but was overlooked for a spot in the Wallabies' touring squad.
Cheika included nine Brumbies in his first Test squad. Fijian-born winger Henry Speight is set to make his debut after a four-year wait to become eligible for Australia.
Cheika retained Nic White, Matt Toomua, Christian Leali'ifano, Ben Alexander, Josh Mann-Rea, Tevita Kuridrani, Sam Carter and Joseph Tomane.
The Wallabies have churned through three Wallabies coaches in less than two years, with McKenzie replacing Robbie Deans last year.
Fardy is yet to speak to Cheika, but was confident the Wallabies have the players to chase World Cup success.
Fardy played with loose cartilage in his knee for most of the Brumbies' season. The ACT and Wallabies doctors agreed Fardy needed an operation now to avoid affecting his Super Rugby campaign.
"I knew the [Bledisloe Cup against New Zealand last week] was my last game of the year, the decision was taken out of my hands and I wasn't going to change my mind on surgery, that wouldn't be professional," Fardy said.
"This was the best thing for me. The players are united [in the Wallabies], there was so much stuff going on in the last couple of weeks but we were [close] to beating the two best teams in the world.
"There are a lot of positive things going forward ... A World Cup and Super Rugby titles are always the goal."