Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth has been ruled out of Saturday's Test against France in Paris
Paris (AFP) - South African lock forward Eben Etzebeth will miss Saturday’s one-off Test against France after failing to recover from an ankle injury.
Etzebeth will be replaced by Franco Mostert, one of three changes announced by coach Rassie Erasmus to the side that lost 12-11 in controversial fashion at Twickenham.
Full-back Willie le Roux and scrum-half Faf de Klerk also come into the starting XV in place of Damian Willemse and Ivan van Zyl.
Etzebeth was injured during the defeat at Twickenham and initially ruled out of the Paris game only for Erasmus to raise the possibility on Monday that the 27-year-old may be fit after all.
In the end, the Bok coach erred on the side of caution.
“We believe it would be better not to rush Eben back as we still have two Tests left on the tour after the match against France‚” said Erasmus.
Like new Gloucester recruit Mostert, Le Roux and de Klerk were not at Twickenham as the match fell outside the recognised international window and they were retained by their English clubs.
“I thought Damian and Ivan did very well last week against England but you need as much experience as possible playing away from home,” said Erasmus.
Toulouse flanker Cheslin Kolbe, Saracens prop Vincent Koch and Bath backrower Francois Louw, all of whom were withheld by their clubs last weekend, come on to the bench.
South Africa team to play France at Stade de France on Saturday (2005 GMT kick-off):
South Africa (15-1)
Willie le Roux; Sbu Nkosi‚ Jesse Kriel‚ Damian de Allende‚ Aphiwe Dyantyi; Handre Pollard‚ Faf de Klerk; Warren Whiteley‚ Duane Vermeulen‚ Siya Kolisi (capt)‚ Franco Mostert‚ Pieter-Steph du Toit‚ Frans Malherbe‚ Malcolm Marx‚ Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi‚ Thomas du Toit‚ Vincent Koch‚ RG Snyman‚ Francois Louw‚ Embrose Papier‚ Elton Jantjies‚ Cheslin Kolbe