Saturday 22 September 2018

Saint-Andre sticks with plan against Springboks

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre resisted any temptation to make wholesale changes to the side who lost to New Zealand when he named his team to face South Africa in their final test of the year at the Stade de France tomorrow evening.

Sofiane Guitoune, who replaces Maxime Medard on the wing, is the only change to the line-up beaten 26-19 by the All Blacks 12 days ago.

For the third match in succession, Saint-Andre, who has tried out 10 different half-back combinations since he was appointed after the 2011 World Cup final, will pair scrum-half Morgan Parra and fly-half Remi Tales.

Saint-Andre had overhauled the team beaten by New Zealand for last weekend's Tonga test, which France won 38-18 with Guitoune scoring an early try to celebrate his first cap.

"He is young and cheeky. He will probably have (South African winger) Bryan Habana in front of him, so it's up to him to show he's up for the task," Saint-Andre said.

France have had a rough year, losing four times in a row against New Zealand, winning only two from their 10 outings.

"It's going to be a huge fight against the second best team in the world," said Saint-Andre.



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