The Bok side to face France has been named.
Coach Peter de Villiers has been forced into a number of changes, with Frans Steyn and Jean de Villiers both deemed unavailable as a result of signing for overseas clubs. De Villiers has brought Adi Jacobs into the inside centre position, a move that he has reportedly long been keen on. Bulls fullback Zane Kirchner will start his second test in the number 15 jersey vacated by Steyn.
Up front, the tight five is the same unit that beat the All Blacks in Wellington, while the injury to Pierre Spies sees Ryan Kankowski com into the number 8 jersey. Schalk Burger will continue in the number 7 jersey he won when Juan Smith was ruled out on the eve of the All Black game – Smith has still not recovered and is not on the tour.
There’s a fair amount of movement on the bench, with Free State front-rankers Wian du Preez and Adriaan Strauss named together with 50-test veteran CJ van der Linde, a clear sign that the coach anticipates severe attrition in the front row as the game progresses. Andries Bekker is also there (not sure why) while Danie Rossouw is the man earmarked to cover the loose forwards. The latter seems a good move, given how effective Rossouw has looked in the past when playing loose forward in Northern Hemisphere conditions.
Ruan Pienaar, who will cover both halfback positions (as well as fullback, presumably) and Wynand Olivier will be the only two backline substitutes.
Springboks – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Adi Jacobs, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 John Smit, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 CJ van der Linde, 19 Andries Bekker, 20 Danie Rossouw, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Wynand Olivier.