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South Africa recall Bryan Habana for France Test

International Test
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town Date: Saturday, 12 June Kick-off: 1300 BST Coverage: Score updates on BBC Sport website

Winger Bryan Habana in action
Habana will earn his 58th cap for South Africa at Newlands on Saturday

Winger Bryan Habana is one of six changes as South Africa bolstered their starting XV for the first Test against France in Cape Town on Saturday.

Flanker Schalk Burger, centre Wynand Olivier and prop Gurthro Steenkamp missed the 34-31 win over Wales.

France flanker Wenceslas Lauret will make his debut but the visitors are without Imanol Harinordoquy, Mathieu Bastareaud and Yannick Jauzion.

Francois Trinh-Duc and Morgan Parra have been named as half-backs.

Lauret has been rewarded with his first France cap following an impressive season for Biarritz, helping the Basque club to the Heineken Cup final.

The 21-year-old pipped Louis Picamoles to the number seven shirt and will line up alongside France captain Thierry Dusautoir and number eight Julien Bonnaire.


South Africa coach Peter de Villiers opted to keep Stormers flanker Francois Louw, who made his debut against Wales, in the team alongside club team-mate Burger and Bulls number eight Pierre Spies.

"We think that is the best combination," said De Villiers, who has brought back Olivier in place of centre Juan de Jongh, who made his debut in Cardiff.

"The space will be less this week and the time will be less so we have opted for experience."

Habana, who replaces Sharks wing Odwa Ndungane, will make his 58th international appearance for the Springboks.

Meanwhile, Ricky Januarie will once again start at scrum-half with Ruan Pienaar on the replacements' bench.

South Africa: Zane Kirchner; Gio Aplon, Jaque Fourie, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Ricky Januarie; Gurthro Steenkamp, John Smit (capt), BJ Botha, Danie Rossouw, Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger, Francois Louw, Pierre Spies.
Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Jannie du Plessis, Flip van der Merwe, Dewald Potgieter, Ruan Pienaar, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers.

France: Clement Poitrenaud; Vincent Clerc, David Marty, Maxime Mermoz, Aurelien Rougerie; Francois Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra; Thomas Domingo, Dimitri Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas, Lionel Nallet, Romain Millo-Chluski, Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Wenceslas Lauret, Julien Bonnaire.
Replacements (from): Guilhem Guirado, Jean Baptiste Poux, Julien Pierre, Louis Picamoles, Dimitri Yachvili, David Skrela, Marc Andreu, Luc Ducalcon.

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