Marc Lievremont has picked the France squad to face the World Cup and Tri-Nations champion South Africa in Friday's rugby union Test match.
|Yann David, centre, has been picked for his 'explosive' strength [AFP]
Lievremont is sticking with the pairing of scrumhalf Julien Dupuy and flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc to lead the attack against the Springboks.
Lock Sebastien Chabal was included on the bench.
Lievremont has kept faith in the players that beat the New Zealand All Blacks earlier this year but surprisingly selected Toulouse centre Yann David.
The 21-year-old David has been preferred to David Marty in the centres and
will make his second national team appearance after starting his international career against Italy last year.
"We had to choose between the understanding of the pair Marmoz-Marty and the explosiveness and strength of Yann David,'' Lievremont said of the choice.
"We chose the strength of Yann for his robustness in the midfield that will be important against South Africa.''
Lievremont retained 10 of the 15 players who started in a 27-22 win over New Zealand during France's southern hemisphere tour last summer.
Second row Lionel Nallet and Imanol Harinordoquy, who did not play against
the All Blacks because of injuries, returned in the pack, while Thierry Dusautoir, who took over the captaincy from Nallet, will play in a strong back row with No8 Louis Picamoles.
"We have more certainty about the front row, and in the back row all the players have more or less the same level,'' Lievremont said.
Stade Francais scrumhalf Dupuy, who started twice against the All Blacks last year, will also take all the kicks against the Springboks.
Lievremont will be without flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo, who has been ruled
out with a shoulder injury and replaced by with Ibrahim Diarra over the weekend.
France play South Africa on Friday in Toulouse, and then face Samoa and New Zealand.
Squad: Damien Traille, Vincent Clerc, Yann David, Maxime Mermoz, Cedric Heymans, Francois Trinh-Duc, Julien Dupuy; Louis Picamoles, Imanol Harinordoquy, Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Romain Millo-Chlusky, Lionel Nallet, Nicolas Mas, William Servat, Fabien Barcella.
Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Sylvain Marconnet, Sebastien Chabal,
Julien Bonnaire, Morgan Parra, David Marty, Maxime Medard, Thomas Domingo.