New-look France to face Boks

Jules Plisson will start at flyhalf for France against the Springboks at Loftus on Saturday. 

France coach Guy Novès has made 11 changes to the team that last played in the Six Nations. Only Brice Dulin, Gaël Fickou, Virimi Vakatawa and Louis Picamoles remain from that win over Wales.

Among the backs, Maxime Machenaud and Plisson form a new halfback pairing, with Henry Chavancy set to make his Test debut at outside centre and Yoann Huget coming in on the right wing.

Up front, Loann Goujon and Yacouba Camara join Picamoles in the loose trio, while Yoann Maestri and Julien le Devedec form a new second-row partnership.

There is also a new front row, consisting of props Uini Atonio and Jefferson Poirot, and hooker Clément Maynadier.

France – 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Loann Goujon, 6 Yacouba Camara, 5 Yoann Maestri (c), 4 Julien le Devedec, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Clément Maynadier, 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Subs: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Mohamed Boughanmi, 19 Bernard le Roux, 20 Kévin Gourdon, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Vincent Rattez.

Springbok team

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Simon Borchardt