South Africa recall big guns for showdown with France in Paris
Last Updated: 20/11/13 1:26pm
Coenie Oosthuizen, centre, celebrates his try at Murrayfield
South Africa have recalled their big guns and given a first start to prop Coenie Oosthuizen in Saturday's clash with France in Paris.
The Springboks rested some of their big names for last weekend's thumping 28-0 victory over Scotland, but they all return for the Paris showdown.
Tendai Mtawarira, Morne Steyn, Bismarck du Plessis and Eben Etzebeth are all back in the starting line-up whilst Oosthuizen - who has made 13 appearances off the bench including a try-scoring cameo against the Scots - is handed his first start.
And on the bench, fellow prop Lourens Adriaanse could make his debut if he comes on.
"This is a great opportunity for Coenie and we believe he's ready to make the step up to a starting role in the team."
Meyer on Oosthuizen
The Boks have made six changes in all from Murrayfield. Oosthuizen replaces the injured Frans Malherbe in the front row.
Coach Heyneke Meyer said: "This is a great opportunity for Coenie and we believe he's ready to make the step up to a starting role in the team.
"I'm also very happy for Lourens, who has been part of the squad for almost the entire season. He's waited patiently for an opportunity and what better way to make your debut than against France in Paris.
"We have been quite fortunate with injuries this year and I'm very happy that we've managed to keep the continuity in selection.
Most of the players have received ample game time and showed they have what it takes to perform at Test level. Our aim is now to keep on improving against France and hopefully end a very successful season on a high note."
The match will mark 100 years of internationals between the two nations. South Africa have not won in France since 1997.
Team: le Roux, Pietersen, Fourie, de Villiers (captain), Habana, M Steyn, Pienaar; Mtawarira, B du Plessis, C Oosthuizen, Etzebeth, van der Merwe, Louw, Alberts, Vermeulen.
Replacements: Strauss, Steenkamp, Adriaanse, B Botha, du Toit, Kolisi, Vermaak, Lambie
Watch France take on South Africa on Sky Sports 3 on Saturday evening, with coverage from 7.30pm.