French rugby president Bernard Laporte has backed Guy Noves to remain as coach of the national team despite falling to a 3-0 series defeat to the Springboks in South Africa.
The French are unpredictable at the best of times, but probably more so going into a dead rubber.
Hardworking prop Ruan Dreyer will make his debut for the Springboks on Saturday in the final Test against France in Johannesburg, while experienced scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and outside centre Jesse Kriel both return to the starting XV.
France coach Guy Noves has made three changes to his backline but kept his forward pack intact for the third and final Test against South Africa at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Centre Gaël Fickou admits doubt has crept into the French ranks after conceding close to 40 points in two successive matches against South Africa.
French coach Guy Novès is angry about mistakes made by his side in Saturday's second Test defeat to South Africa in Durban, but also admitted a "discrepancy in class" between the two sides.
The French rugby federation has been reprimanded for failing to follow head injury assessment (HIA) protocols during the conclusion to March's RBS 6 Nations win over Wales in Paris.
France head coach Guy Novès has made eight changes to his starting side to face South Africa in the second Test of their June series with captain Guilhem Guirado returning at hooker.
Scrumhalf Baptiste Serin says France are determined to show their critics a "different face" after being accused of playing a "rotten" match in the first Test against South Africa last week.
With a mouth-watering semifinal against South Africa in prospect, England know they are just two games away from making history at the World Rugby U20 Championship.
There is mixed injury news from the South African camp ahead of the second Test against France in Durban on Saturday.
South Africa will host France at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria in the first test on Saturday, a venue that even through times of trouble has provided them with home comforts.
France's preparation for their upcoming test against South Africa leaves much to be desired, with coach Guy Noves only joining the squad on Tuesday.
France and Clermont Auvergne fly-half Camille Lopez won't travel to South Africa and will instead undergo surgery following Sunday's Top 14 final against Toulon.
England began their defence of the World Rugby U20 Championship by hammering Samoa 74-17 in Georgia.
France head coach Guy Noves has recalled Stade Francais fly-half Jules Plisson for their summer Tests against the Springboks, while four players could make their debut in South Africa.
Springboks head coach Allister Coetzee has named Warren Whiteley as the new Boks captain as he announced his squad for the upcoming three Tests with France in South Africa.
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A new 'Memorandum of Understanding' between UAE Rugby and the French Rugby Federation could see a historic Test held in 2018 between Les Bleus and the All Blacks.
The Six Nations Untoward Incident Review Group will take over the investigation into France's controversial substitution in the closing stages of their final Six Nations match against Wales.
The Scottish Rugby Union has hit back at the Rugby Football Union's wish to shorten the Six Nations to a six-week tournament.
France forward Yoann Maestri has been fined 30,000 euros (£26,000) after he accepted a misconduct charge following the chaotic Six Nations clash with Wales.
Yohann Maestri has been charged with misconduct for comments he made about referee Wayne Barnes in the aftermath of his side's 20-18 Six Nations win over Wales.
Wales wing George North has expressed his 'disappointment' at the lack of action taken over an alleged biting incident during the climax of last weekend's 20-18 defeat in France.
Montpellier have demanded that France's rugby bosses pay their six-figure expenses for Saturday's postponed Top 14 clash with Racing 92.
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