Francois Trinh-Duc in action during last year's RBS 6 Nations
France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre insists the door is not closed on Francois Trinh-Duc, despite leaving out the in-form fly-half from his squad to tour Australia this summer.
Saint-Andre has opted to include only two No.10s in the form of Remi Tales and Frederic Michalak for the three-Test series Down Under.
That means there is no spot for Trinh-Duc, whose sole appearance in this year's RBS 6 Nations came from the bench against Italy, despite the 27-year-old leading his club side Montpellier to the top of the Top 14 regular season standings.
But while Saint-Andre admits his pecking order is now established, the head coach stopped short of ruling out Trinh-Duc permanently.
"For us, Remi Tales is the No.1 option," he said.
"Frederic Michalak is coming back very well, he is a goal kicker, and he gives us the option of covering both half-backs which opens up the possibility of having six forwards on the bench, which was very successful during the tournament.
"Yes, Francois Trinh-Duc is in form but we could also speak about Jules Plisson, who we have chosen to give a rest to this summer.
"But at fly-half Tales remains our No.1. Francois is not out of contention for the World Cup but our hierarchy is established at the moment.
"There is no case surrounding Trinh-Duc. He was on the tour to Argentina (in the summer of 2012), he played in the Six Nations when there were injuries."
Two French tacticians lord over two teams undergoing a transformation in this 2016 RBS 6 Nations opener - and it's only fitting that Guy Novès and Jacques Brunel are pitted against each other for quite possibly the last time.