We name our side from English and Welsh players plying their trade in the Top 14
By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter: @SkysportsTC. Last Updated: 23/10/12 11:29am
With the careers of rugby players seemingly getting shorter it is understandable why a number of them are tempted to accept big-money deals across the Channel.
However, while the contracts are good for the individuals, they are less than ideal for the home unions - particularly when internationals fall outside the IRB fixture windows.
With clubs not at liberty to release players that means England's game against New Zealand and the Wales v Australia international on December 1 - as well as the pre-Test training camps - could be hampered.
England have already found out to their cost the dangers of trying to arrange the release of players from France - forcing Stuart Lancaster to now overlook any Top 14-based players from his elite playing squad - while Wales are facing fraught negotiations with the clubs in a bid to allow their star names to play.
And ahead of the extra international, we name a star-studded XV of English and Welsh exiles currently plying their trade in France.
15 Lee Byrne (Clermont and Wales)
The British and Irish Lions international won the last of his 46 caps for Wales in October 2011 - shortly before he teamed up with Clermont. His continued omission has surprised his coach in France, Vern Cotter, who has hailed the impact Byrne has had on the club.
14 Aled Brew (Biarritz and Wales)
The former Dragons winger scored against the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium back in June in a match that could well be his international swansong. Brew completed his move to Biarritz soon after and now appears out of the Welsh plans.
13 Delon Armitage (Toulon and England)
Despite a wealth of talent, Armitage had fallen down the pecking order within the England squad - with Ben Foden, Mike Brown and Alex Goode moving above him. His chances of forcing his way back into the squad now appear non-existent following his decision to move to Toulon.
12 Shontayne Hape (Montpellier and England)
Capped 13 times following his cross-code (and nation) switch, Hape is another player who has opted to head across the Channel after losing his place in the England side. The talented centre scored two tries on his final appearance - against Georgia at the World Cup in 2011.
11 Paul Sackey (Stade Francais and England)
The former Wasps winger has remained in the international wilderness since falling out of favour in 2009. Not even his try-scoring exploits for the Barbarians against England and Ireland have helped the Stade Francais man's hopes of a recall.
10 James Hook (Perpignan and Wales)
While Wales are hoping to come to a deal with Perpignan to release Hook, (and Luke Charteris), it appears they are fighting a losing battle. Hook, who has been capped 65 times, opted to leave the Ospreys in 2011 and he has struggled to nail down a settled starting spot in the Wales team since.
9 Mike Phillips (Bayonne and Wales)
Despite his off-the-field problems at Bayonne, the British and Irish Lions international remains a class performer - hence why Wales are keen for him to be available. The powerhouse No 9 has been capped 68 times by Wales and was crucial to their Grand Slam triumph this year.
1 Andrew Sheridan (Toulon and England)
The behemoth prop was the cornerstone of the England pack over the course of 40 Tests - with only a series of injuries denying him more caps. And just like his club-mate Jonny Wilkinson, a move to Toulon has worked wonders on his career - with Sheridan back to his bulldozing best.
2 Huw Bennett (Lyon and Wales)
Regardless of the fact the 51-time capped hooker will miss the autumn internationals with an Achilles injury, Bennett's availability would have been hampered by his decision to join Lyon in the summer.
3 Gethin Jenkins (Toulon and Wales)
The talented front-rower returned to his former employers at Cardiff in the Heineken Cup and showed them exactly what they are missing. Jenkins is hoping to still play on December 1 - and how Wales will need the all-action prop if they are to finally topple the Wallabies.
4 Luke Charteris (Perpignan and Wales)
The work-rate of the former Dragons lock is second to none with Charteris a fearsome force when it comes to tackling. He has maintained his impressive form since moving to the Top 14 and is pushing hard to tour with the Lions in the summer.
5 Simon Shaw (Toulon and England)
The evergreen Shaw edges the second lock berth from club and country colleague Nick Kennedy. Despite fast-approaching his 40th birthday Shaw shows no signs of letting up and has half-an-eye on gate-crashing the Lions tour
6 Magnus Lund (Biarritz and England)
A haul of 10 caps is a poor tally for the talented back-rower. A move from Sale to Biarritz in 2008, though, has effectively kept him out of the international picture.
7 Steffon Armitage (Toulon and England)
Having been continually overlooked by England it was little surprise Armitage opted to head to France. However, what is surprising is that his outstanding form has not forced England to rethink their policy of not selecting Top 14-based players.
8 Luke Narraway (Perpignan and England)
Having made an impressive start to his international career, Narraway really should have won more than seven caps. However, with Ben Morgan, Phil Dowson and Nick Easter ahead of him in the England set-up, he is now enjoying a fresh start in France.