France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made 5 changes to his starting lineup for Saturday’s match with the South African at the Stade de France.
France was back to winning ways when they defeated Tonga 38 / 18 this past weekend after losing to the New Zealand All Blacks the week before.
The team changes sees Wenceslas Lauret back at flank, lock Pascal Pape is back, hooker Benjamin Kayser starts, Wesley Fofana is back at centre and the fullback will be Brice Dulin.
In addition Yoann Maestri who was cleared to play after being cited for punching.
The team is almost the same side beaten by the All Blacks, apart from 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.”
France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Sofiane Guitoune, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Rémi Talès, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Wenceslas Lauret, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (Captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Frédéric Michalak, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud.
Date: Saturday 23 November 2013
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 22:00 SA Time (21:00 French Time, 20:00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
TMO: Iain Ramage (Scotland)