Can the Springboks finish their 2013 international campaign on a high?
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Coach Philippe Saint-Andre made five changes to his starting lineup for Saturday’s match with South Africa at the Stade de France.
The French defeated Tonga 38-18 last Saturday in a bruising encounter at Le Havre, having lost to New Zealand the previous week
Back into the walk-on team come flanker Wenceslas Lauret, lock Pascal Pape, hooker Benjamin Kayser, centre Wesley Fofana and full-back Brice Dulin.
There is also a start for lock Yoann Maestri, despite him having been sent off for fighting against Tonga.
Maestri was facing a lengthy suspension for his actions but a disciplinary committee took a lenient view and he was spared any match bans.
The team is almost identical to the one that lost 26-19 to the All Blacks in the first of the November tests with the exception of Sofiane Guitoune, who replaces Maxime Medard.
“This is a team which shows a lot of continuity from the first two games,” said Saint-Andre.
“We are getting ourselves ready for a huge challenge taking on the second best team in the world. They put a lot of intensity into their games and are very physical. It will be a top-class match.”
The core of the Springbok team that has played in 2013 has been selected to start in the final match of the season, marking 100 years of Test rugby against France in Paris on Saturday evening.
Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth and Morné Steyn all return to the starting line-up after last weekend’s 28-0 win over Scotland in Edinburgh, for the last match of the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour.
Mtawarira, Etzebeth and Steyn are part of a group of 10 players who have been selected for every Test in 2013, along with Willie le Roux, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Ruan Pienaar, Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss and Pat Lambie.
A further three players – Du Plessis, Flip van der Merwe and Francois Louw – each missed only one Test this season.
After an impressive performance against Scotland, Oosthuizen will be in the starting line-up for the first time after 13 appearances off the bench.
He takes over at tighthead prop from the injured Frans Malherbe, with the uncapped Lourens Adriaanse coming onto the bench.
The France team named on Thursday to play South Africa in a rugby union Test match at the Stade de France on Saturday:
Brice Dulin; Sofiane Guitoune, Florian Fritz, Wesley Fofana, Yoann Huget; Rémi Talès, Morgan Parra; Damien Chouly, Wenceslas Lauret, Thierry Dusautoir (capt); Yoann Maestri, Pascal Papé; Nicolas Mas, Benjamin Kayser, Yannick Forestier
Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Thomas Domingo, Rabah Slimani, Sébastien Vahaamahina, Yannick Nyanga, Jean-Marc Doussain, Frédéric Michalak, Mathieu Bastareaud