The fullback is still recovering from a knee issue that has kept him on the sidelines for the past eight weeks.
“He was very close to be considered for selection but he want him to be 100% fit before he performs,” he said.
“It’s a strong team and I’m looking forward to the game.”
McNamara declared that Tomkins, who had an injury-plagued season in the NRL, will be right for the first Test in Hull.
“He’ll be fine,” he said.
“He’s trained really well. It was a decision made pretty early to be honest to make sure he’s 100% fit for the New Zealand series.”
McNamara said he was looking forward to see Hardaker in action against the French.
“Zak’s had a tremendous season,” he said.
“I think it has been well documented the quality of his performances this year.
“He’s the current Man of Steel, which is no mean feat. He’s had a tremendous year and he gets his opportunity this weekend.”