Bernard le Roux, flank and sometimes lock for France who has 32 caps to his name, was named in the World Cup squad of 31 players announced by France head coach Jacques Brunel on Tuesday.
The 30 year-old is the only former South African (he now has French nationality) in the squad.
Former Bulls and current France lock Paul Willemse will be disappointed for not making the World Cup squad but is in a much better position than two leading and experienced players, Mathieu Bastareaud and Morgan Parra.
Willemse has been included in the six-man replacement list that Brunel also announced as back-up in case of injuries and may yet get a chance to make it to the big event in Japan.
Scrumhalf Parra, 30, featured at both the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, but has been suffering from an ankle injury sustained in early while playing for club side Clermont. He was ruled out for the season but has obviously not been given a chance to prove his fitness with the early announcement of the team.
Para was in France’s Six Nations squad earlier this season but was dropped following the 44-8 defeat to England.
Centre Bastareaud, also 30, has captained France in the absence of regular skipper Guilhem Guirado in recent seasons. The big centre has however been well contained by the opposition at international level and lacks speed.
♦ The 31-man squad includes the two uncapped front rowers Peato Mauvaka and Emerick Setiano who with Fijian-born wing Alivereti Raka are included in the squad for the first time.
Centre Sofiane Guitoune, whose last cap was during the 2015 World Cup tournament, is one of seven members of Toulouse’s Top 14 side that won the competition on Saturday
The reserve list includes uncapped flank Francois Cros.
France World Cup squad –
Gregory Alldritt, Demba Bamba, Yacouba Camara, Camille Chat, Paul Gabrillagues, Guilhem Guirado, Arthur Iturria, Felix Lambey, Wenceslas Lauret, Bernard Le Roux, Peato Mauvaka, Jefferson Poirot, Louis Picamoles, Dany Priso, Emerick Setiano, Rabah Slimani, Sebastien Vahaamahina.
Geoffrey Doumayrou, Antoine Dupont, Gael Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Sofiane Guitoune, Yoann Huget, Camille Lopez, Maxime Machenaud, Maxime Medard, Romain Ntamack, Damian Penaud, Alivereti Raka, Thomas Ramos, Baptiste Serin.
Anthony Belleau, Francois Cros, Etienne Falgoux, Charles Ollivon, Vincent Rattez, Paul Willemse.