Of course, the French brigade aren't the future - no one is kidding themselves about the fact they are in the later years of the career - but that doesn't mean that they have no role to play in and around the Wallabies squad in the shorter term.
Australian rugby's failure at the moment is a collective one.
The criticism of the Wallabies selecting overseas-based players is puzzling. Each of those involved is Australian, available and clearly a merit-based pick.
Eddie Jones must chuckle as he reads about the verbal jabs being exchanged by Steve Hansen and Michael Cheika.
Williams' absence from Bledisloe II and III will be a talking point in Australia, but not so much in New Zealand.
Hurricanes show winning beats style in New Zealand.
The Wallabies will come out swinging, metaphorically at least, and Bledisloe will be worth watching.
Here are the stars from the four Super Rugby playoff games on the weekend.
Beauden Barrett and Ardie Savea aren't just better players this year, they look like completely different animals.
The Waratahs, run by a pair of New Zealanders, have done the ARU's job for it by putting an end to the Jarryd Hayne folly.