France coach Philippe Saint-André has named Freddie Michalak at fly-half for their first test against Australia this weekend, despite the mercurial half-back not being able to make his club squad towards the end of the season.
There is no recognised fly-half replacement on the bench, either, with Morgan Parra likely to be forced into action in the outside half role if needs be. It is a huge ask of Michalak, who is not exactly renowned for his consistency.
Elsewhere, the squad shows eight changes to the side that lost the final game of the Six Nations to Ireland in Paris. Bordeaux winger Felix le Bourhis wins his first cap, while Gael Fickou partners Wesley Fofana in a dangerous centre partnership. Castres powerhouse Remi Lamerat provides cover from the bench.
Up front, Thierry Dusautoir misses out despite being named tour captain, so Nicolas Mas captains the team from the front row, where he is joined by Thomas Domingo and Guilhem Guirado.
None of those involved in the French Top 14 final last weekend were eligible for selection.
France team to play Australia:
15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Gaël Fickou , 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Felix le Bourhis, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Bernard le Roux, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 3 Nicolas Mas (c), 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Alexandre Flanquart, 20 Antoine Burban, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Remi Lamerat, 23 Brice Dulin.
Date: Saturday, June 7
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 20:00 local (10:00 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert