France coach Guy Novès has sprung a surprise by naming Fijian-born sevens specialist Virimi Vakatawa in his Six Nations squad.
After a couple of training camps, Novès finalised a squad of 31 on Tuesday, with no place found for flyhalf François Trinh-Duc, South African-born flanker Bernard le Roux or centre Mathieu Bastareaud. Former Sharks scrumhalf Rory Kockott was previously left out of Novès's first 30-man squad and has not been able to force his way back in.
Vakatawa, who has impressed for France in the first two legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series, is the one interesting inclusion, with Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado named as captain.
France open their Six Nations campaign against Italy on 6 February.