A weakened French side lost 22-12 in the first Test in Bordeaux last Saturday against a Springbok team unchanged this weekend for a record fourth Test.
However, France have a proud tradition of bouncing back from losing the first Test to win the second. Andre Markgraaff, the Springbok coach, whose team face Wales next Sunday, said: "The French have not swallowed the defeat in Bordeaux and they will be looking for revenge."
Four years ago, France lost 20-15 in Lyon but then crushed the Springboks 29-16 at their favourite Parc des Princes. James Small, South Africa's wingers said: "It will be terrible this time. The French are likely to kick their penalties and we will perhaps not have the luck of the first Test when the referee gave us a try that wasn't."
France have made eight changes from the first Test - six in personnel and two positional. Olivier Merle, who has recovered from a rib injury, has been recalled at lock to bolster a heavier pack aimed at countering the Springboks' forward strength. Jean-Claude Skrela, the French coach, has also given a first cap to the 28-year-old winger Laurent Leflamand, and picked wing David Venditti, stand-off Christophe Lamaison, scrum-half Guy Accoceberry and hooker Marc Dal Maso. Richard Dourthe switches from wing to centre while captain Abdelatif Benazzi moves from flanker to No 8.
FRANCE: J-L Sadourny; L Leflamand, R Dourthe, S Glas, D Venditti; C Lamaison, G Accoceberry; C Califano, M Dal Maso, F Tournaire, O Merle, F Pelous, P Benetton, R Castel, A Benazzi (capt).
SOUTH AFRICA: A Joubert; J Small, J Mulder, H Le Roux, J Olivier; H Honiball, J van der Westhuizen; D Theron, J Dalton, A Garvey, K Wiese, M Andrews, R Kruger, A Venter, G Teichmann (capt).Reuse content