Fred Michalak has been rewarded for the good form he’s shown at flyhalf for the Sharks in recent weeks with a surprise inclusion in the French squad to tour Argentina next month.
Coach Philippe Saint-Andre has included nine debutants in the squad, along with 50+ cap veteran Michalak, who last played for the national side in 2010.
Michalak will need to leave for France pretty much straight after the Sharks play the Lions this weekend, as the squad has a warm-up match scheduled against Biarritz on 6 June, followed by the two test matches in Argentina on 16 and 23 June.
It is not currently clear whether Michalak will return to the Sharks to resume Super Rugby duties after the international window has passed, since his contract with Toulon for the 2012-2013 season apparently starts on 1 July. We have been told, though, that Michalak is expected to hang around with the Sharks until they are no longer in contention for the Super Rugby trophy; that will need to be confirmed.
One thing we do know, though, is that Michalak will definitely not be able to play for the Sharks against John Smit’s World XV on 22 June.
France’s 28-man squad:
David Attoub (Stade Francais), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Antoine Guillamon (Lyon), Yvan Watremez (Biarritz), Christopher Tolofua (Toulouse), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Francais), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Christophe Samson (Toulon), Pascal Pape (Stade Francais, capt), Romain Taofifenua (Perpignan), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont), Wenceslas Lauret (Biarritz), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), Raphael Lakafia (Biarritz)
Maxime Machenaud (Agen), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Frederic Michalak (Sharks/RSA), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Geoffrey Doumayrou (Montpellier), Florian Fritz (Toulouse), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Maxime Mermoz (Perpignan), Benjamin Fall (Racing-Metro), Romain Martial (Castres), Yoann Huget (Bayonne), Jean-Marcellin Buttin (Clermont), Brice Dulin (Agen)Tweet