Leicester scrum-half Julien Dupuy has been called up by France for the first time ahead of Les Bleus’ summer tour to the southern hemisphere.
Dupuy has had a stunning end to the season with the Tigers, who have just been crowned English champions and take on Leinster in the Heineken Cup final on Saturday.
He is one of two number nines named in a 30-man squad announced today by France head coach Marc Lievremont, although Dupuy should play second fiddle in that department to Bourgoin’s Morgan Parra.
Experienced scrum-halves Dimitri Yachvili and Jean-Baptiste Elissalde have again been overlooked by Lievremont.
Fit-again Stade Francais lock Pascal Pape returns to the squad after a lengthy spell in the international wilderness, while Toulouse winger Vincent Clerc is included having regained his match sharpness after a serious knee injury.
Aurelien Rougerie and Alexis Palisson are other widemen called up after being ignored for the RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Lievremont has opted for Toulouse’s David Skrela and Montpellier’s Francois Trinh-Duc as the two fly-halves, meaning there is no place for Lionel Beauxis.
Also absent from the back division are Clement Poitrenaud, Julien Malzieu and Benoit Baby.
France play New Zealand twice – in Dunedin on June 13 and in Wellington on June 20 – before rounding off the tour with a Test against Australia, in Sydney on June 27.
Forwards: Thomas Domingo (Clermont-Auvergne), Fabien Barcella (Biarritz), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Sylvain Marconnet, Dimitri Szarzewski (both Stade Francais), Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), William Servat (Toulouse), Lionel Nallet (Castres), Romain Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), Pascal Pape (Stade Francais), Sebastien Chabal (Sale), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont-Auvergne), Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles (both Montpellier).
Backs: Morgan Parra (Bourgoin), Julien Dupuy (Leicester), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), David Skrela, Yannick Jauzion, Florian Fritz (all Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Perpignan), Damien Traille (Biarritz), Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Francais), Vincent Clerc, Cedric Heymans (both Toulouse), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont-Auvergne), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Alexis Palisson (Brive).