Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has revealed that he met with Toulon star Matt Giteau last November while in Europe.
The ARU announced a new policy for selecting overseas players this week, with Australians now eligible if they have over 60 Test caps and have held an ARU contract for a minimum of seven years.
Giteau falls into that category and has been in excellent form for Toulon over the last two to three years, making him a certain contender for Australia's World Cup squad.
Other former Wallabies such as Drew Mitchell and George Smith, playing at Toulon and Lyon respectively, might also now be in the frame.
"At that time, back before [the change in policy], there was no talk of this type of thing at all. It was a discussion that's been had over several months with a fair bit of planning," Cheika told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"Talking to players about that idea wouldn't have been a smart thing to do because it only gives false hope to some and false despair to others.
"[We have] waited til the decision is made and we can talk to players from there.
"Once I find their phone numbers I'm sure I'll get in contact with them."