France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has omitted Clermont Auvergne fly-half Camille Lopez and Racing Metro wing Teddy Thomas from a 36-man World Cup training squad announced on Tuesday.

Lopez and Thomas were both involved during the RBS 6 Nations campaign this season but they have failed to make Saint-Andre's initial World Cup selection.

Racing scrum-half Maxime Machenaud is another notable absentee, with Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Morgan Parra and Rory Kockott battling it out for the number nine shirt, while Francois Trinh-Duc, Frederic Michalak and Remi Tales are Saint-Andre's current out-half options.

Lock Pascal Pape, meanwhile, is recalled after serving a ten-week ban imposed in February after he was cited for kneeing Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip in the back during a Six Nations Test.

France will play World Cup warm-up games against England at Twickenham and in Paris during August, before concluding their preparations against Scotland on 5 bSeptember.

Les Bleus' opening World Cup fixture is against Italy at Twickenham on 19 September:

France World Cup training squad:

Backs: S Spedding, B Dulin, S Guitoune, N Nakaitaci, Y Huget, A Dumoulin, G Fickou, R Lamerat, W Fofana, M Bastareaud, F Trinh-Duc, F Michalak, R Tales, S Tillous-Borde, M Parra, R Kockott.

Forwards: E Ben Arous, V Debaty, U Atonio, X Chiocci, N Mas, R Slimani, G Guirado, B Kayser, D Szarzewski, A Flanquart, Y Maestri, P Pape, S Vahaamahina, T Dusautoir (capt), D Chouly, B Le Roux, Y Nyanga, L Picamoles, F Ouedroago, L Goujon.