2017 France rugby union tour of South Africa
Coach(es)Guy Novès
Opponent
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 South Africa
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Tour chronology
Previous tourArgentina 2016
Next tourNew Zealand 2018

In June 2017, France played a three-test series against South Africa as part of the 2017 mid-year rugby union tests.[1] They played the Springboks over the three-week June International window (5 June–25 June), and the matches were part of the fifth year of the global rugby calendar established by the World Rugby, which runs through to 2019.[2] This was France' first visit to South Africa since 2010 and the first test series between the teams since 2005. The last time the sides met was during the 2013 end-of-year international, where South Africa won 19–10 in Paris.

Fixtures

Date and time Venue Home Score Away
10 June 2017, 17:00 SAST (UTC+02) Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria South Africa  37–14  France
17 June 2017, 17:00 SAST (UTC+02) Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban South Africa  37–15  France
24 June 2017, 17:00 SAST (UTC+02) Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg South Africa  35–12  France

Squads

Note: Ages, caps and clubs are as per 10 June 2017, the first test match of the tour.

France

On 27 May, France named a 35-man squad ahead of their three-test series against South Africa.[3]

On 29 May, Nans Ducuing was called up to the squad as an injury replacement for Djibril Camara.[4]

On 5 June, Paul Jedrasiak and François Trinh-Duc were called up to the squad as injury cover for Arthur Iturria and Camille Lopez.[5]

Coaching team:

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Camille Chat Hooker (1995-12-18)18 December 1995 (aged 21) 8 France Racing 92
Guilhem Guirado (c) Hooker (1986-06-17)17 June 1986 (aged 30) 51 France Toulon
Clément Maynadier Hooker (1988-10-11)11 October 1988 (aged 28) 3 France Bordeaux
Uini Atonio Prop (1990-03-26)26 March 1990 (aged 27) 25 France La Rochelle
Eddy Ben Arous Prop (1990-08-25)25 August 1990 (aged 26) 17 France Racing 92
Mohamed Boughanmi Prop (1991-10-27)27 October 1991 (aged 25) 0 France La Rochelle
Xavier Chiocci Prop (1990-02-13)13 February 1990 (aged 27) 9 France Toulon
Jefferson Poirot Prop (1992-11-01)1 November 1992 (aged 24) 8 France Bordeaux Bègles
Rabah Slimani Prop (1989-10-18)18 October 1989 (aged 27) 36 France Stade Français
Paul Jedrasiak Lock (1993-02-06) 6 February 1993 (age 29) 6 France Clermont Auvergne
Julien Le Devedec Lock (1986-06-04)4 June 1986 (aged 31) 9 France Brive
Yoann Maestri Lock (1988-01-14)14 January 1988 (aged 29) 56 France Toulouse
Romain Taofifénua Lock (1990-09-14)14 September 1990 (aged 26) 8 France Toulon
Yacouba Camara Flanker (1994-06-02)2 June 1994 (aged 23) 3 France Toulouse
Loann Goujon Flanker (1989-04-23)23 April 1989 (aged 28) 15 France Bordeaux Bègles
Kevin Gourdon Flanker (1990-01-23)23 January 1990 (aged 27) 10 France La Rochelle
Anthony Jelonch Flanker (1996-07-28)28 July 1996 (aged 20) 0 France Castres Olympique
Bernard Le Roux Flanker (1989-06-04)4 June 1989 (aged 28) 26 France Racing 92
Louis Picamoles Number 8 (1986-02-05)5 February 1986 (aged 31) 62 England Northampton Saints
Antoine Dupont Scrum-half (1996-11-15)15 November 1996 (aged 20) 2 France Castres Olympique
Maxime Machenaud Scrum-half (1988-12-30)30 December 1988 (aged 28) 29 France Racing 92
Baptiste Serin Scrum-half (1994-06-20)20 June 1994 (aged 22) 10 France Bordeaux Bègles
Jean-Marc Doussain Fly-half (1991-02-12)12 February 1991 (aged 26) 15 France Toulouse
Jules Plisson Fly-half (1991-08-20)20 August 1991 (aged 25) 13 France Stade Français
François Trinh-Duc Fly-half (1986-11-11) 11 November 1986 (age 35) 58 France Toulon
Henry Chavancy Centre (1988-05-22)22 May 1988 (aged 29) 1 France Racing 92
Jonathan Danty Centre (1992-10-07)7 October 1992 (aged 24) 4 France Stade Français
Gaël Fickou Centre (1994-03-26)26 March 1994 (aged 23) 29 France Toulouse
Damian Penaud Centre (1996-09-25)25 September 1996 (aged 20) 0 France Clermont Auvergne
Nans Ducuing Wing (1991-11-06)6 November 1991 (aged 25) 0 France Bordeaux Bègles
Yoann Huget Wing (1987-06-02)2 June 1987 (aged 30) 47 France Toulouse
Vincent Rattez Wing (1992-03-24)24 March 1992 (aged 25) 0 France La Rochelle
Virimi Vakatawa Wing (1992-05-01)1 May 1992 (aged 25) 12 France FFR
Brice Dulin Fullback (1990-04-13)13 April 1990 (aged 27) 27 France Racing 92
Scott Spedding Fullback (1986-05-04)4 May 1986 (aged 31) 21 France Clermont Auvergne

South Africa

South Africa named a 31-man squad for South Africa's three-test series against France on 23 May 2017.[6]

Coaching team:

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Malcolm Marx Hooker (1994-07-13)13 July 1994 (aged 22) 2 South Africa Lions
Bongi Mbonambi Hooker (1991-01-07)7 January 1991 (aged 26) 5 South Africa Stormers
Chiliboy Ralepelle Hooker (1986-09-11)11 September 1986 (aged 30) 22 South Africa Sharks
Ruan Dreyer Prop (1990-09-16)16 September 1990 (aged 26) 0 South Africa Lions
Steven Kitshoff Prop (1992-02-10)10 February 1992 (aged 25) 10 France Bordeaux
Frans Malherbe Prop (1991-03-14)14 March 1991 (aged 26) 15 South Africa Stormers
Tendai Mtawarira Prop (1985-08-01)1 August 1985 (aged 31) 87 South Africa Sharks
Lizo Gqoboka Prop (1990-03-24)24 March 1990 (aged 27) 0 South Africa Bulls
Coenie Oosthuizen Prop (1989-03-22)22 March 1989 (aged 28) 23 South Africa Sharks
Lood de Jager Lock (1992-12-17)17 December 1992 (aged 24) 28 South Africa Bulls
Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock (1992-08-20)20 August 1992 (aged 24) 20 South Africa Stormers
Eben Etzebeth Lock (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 25) 54 South Africa Stormers
Franco Mostert Lock (1990-11-27)27 November 1990 (aged 26) 7 South Africa Lions / Japan Ricoh Black Rams
Siya Kolisi Flanker (1991-06-16)16 June 1991 (aged 25) 16 South Africa Stormers
Jaco Kriel Flanker (1989-08-21)21 August 1989 (aged 27) 7 South Africa Lions
Oupa Mohojé Flanker (1990-08-03)3 August 1990 (aged 26) 15 South Africa Cheetahs
Duane Vermeulen Number 8 (1986-07-03)3 July 1986 (aged 30) 37 France Toulon
Warren Whiteley (c) Number 8 (1987-09-18)18 September 1987 (aged 29) 15 South Africa Lions / Japan NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes
Ross Cronjé Scrum-half (1989-07-26)26 July 1989 (aged 27) 0 South Africa Lions
Francois Hougaard Scrum-half (1988-04-06)6 April 1988 (aged 29) 39 England Worcester Warriors
Rudy Paige Scrum-half (1989-08-02)2 August 1989 (aged 27) 7 South Africa Bulls
Elton Jantjies Fly-half (1990-08-01)1 August 1990 (aged 26) 11 South Africa Lions / Japan NTT Communications Shining Arcs
François Steyn Fly-half (1987-05-14)14 May 1987 (aged 30) 53 France Montpellier
Lukhanyo Am Centre (1993-11-28)28 November 1993 (aged 23) 0 South Africa Sharks
Damian de Allende Centre (1991-11-25)25 November 1991 (aged 25) 22 South Africa Stormers
Jesse Kriel Centre (1994-02-15)15 February 1994 (aged 23) 17 South Africa Bulls
Jan Serfontein Centre (1993-04-15)15 April 1993 (aged 24) 26 South Africa Bulls
Dillyn Leyds Wing (1992-09-12)12 September 1992 (aged 24) 0 South Africa Stormers
Raymond Rhule Wing (1992-11-06)6 November 1992 (aged 24) 0 South Africa Cheetahs
Courtnall Skosan Wing (1991-07-24)24 July 1991 (aged 25) 0 South Africa Lions
Andries Coetzee Fullback (1990-03-01)1 March 1990 (aged 27) 0 South Africa Lions

Matches

First test

10 June 2017
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  37–14  France
Try: Kriel 30' c
Penalty try 59'
Cronjé 60' c
Serfontein 67' c
Con: Coetzee (1/1) 32'
Jantjies (2/2) 61', 68'
Pen: Jantjies (3/3) 10', 14', 39'
Report[7] Try: Chavancy 34' c
Serin 54' c
Con: Plisson (2/2) 36', 55'
FB 15 Andries Coetzee
RW 14 Raymond Rhule downward-facing red arrow 72'
OC 13 Jesse Kriel downward-facing red arrow 56'
IC 12 Jan Serfontein
LW 11 Courtnall Skosan
FH 10 Elton Jantjies
SH 9 Ross Cronjé downward-facing red arrow 63'
N8 8 Warren Whiteley (c)
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé downward-facing red arrow 59'
BF 6 Siya Kolisi
RL 5 Franco Mostert downward-facing red arrow 63'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Frans Malherbe downward-facing red arrow 63'
HK 2 Malcolm Marx downward-facing red arrow 63'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira downward-facing red arrow 53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi upward-facing green arrow 63'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff upward-facing green arrow 53'
PR 18 Coenie Oosthuizen upward-facing green arrow 63'
LK 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit upward-facing green arrow 63'
FL 20 Jean-Luc du Preez upward-facing green arrow 59'
SH 21 Francois Hougaard upward-facing green arrow 63'
FH 22 François Steyn upward-facing green arrow 56'
WG 23 Dillyn Leyds upward-facing green arrow 72'
Coach:
South Africa Allister Coetzee
FB 15 Brice Dulin yellow card 60' to 70' downward-facing red arrow 70'
RW 14 Yoann Huget
OC 13 Henry Chavancy
IC 12 Gaël Fickou
LW 11 Virimi Vakatawa
FH 10 Jules Plisson downward-facing red arrow 70'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud downward-facing red arrow 46'
N8 8 Louis Picamoles downward-facing red arrow 63'
OF 7 Loann Goujon downward-facing red arrow 51'
BF 6 Yacouba Camara
RL 5 Yoann Maestri (c)
LL 4 Julien Le Devedec
TP 3 Uini Atonio downward-facing red arrow 21' upward-facing green arrow 26' downward-facing red arrow 53'
HK 2 Clément Maynadier downward-facing red arrow 51'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot downward-facing red arrow 59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Camille Chat upward-facing green arrow 51'
PR 17 Eddy Ben Arous upward-facing green arrow 59'
PR 18 Mohamed Boughanmi upward-facing green arrow 21' downward-facing red arrow 26' upward-facing green arrow 53'
FL 19 Bernard Le Roux upward-facing green arrow 63'
FL 20 Kevin Gourdon upward-facing green arrow 51'
SH 21 Baptiste Serin upward-facing green arrow 46'
FH 22 Jean-Marc Doussain upward-facing green arrow 70'
WG 23 Vincent Rattez upward-facing green arrow 70'
Coach:
France Guy Novès

Man of the Match:
Malcolm Marx (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:

Second test

17 June 2017
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  37–15  France
Try: Serfontein 20' c
Kolisi 27' c
Oosthuizen 68' c
Jantjies 79' c
Con: Jantjies (4/4) 22', 28', 70', 80'
Pen: Jantjies (3/4) 6', 31', 39'
Report[8] Try: Spedding 3' c
Penaud 54' m
Con: Serin (1/1) 4'
Pen: Trinh-Duc (1/1) 64'
FB 15 Andries Coetzee
RW 14 Raymond Rhule downward-facing red arrow 79'
OC 13 Lionel Mapoe downward-facing red arrow 65'
IC 12 Jan Serfontein
LW 11 Courtnall Skosan
FH 10 Elton Jantjies
SH 9 Ross Cronjé downward-facing red arrow 65'
N8 8 Warren Whiteley (c)
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé downward-facing red arrow 14'
BF 6 Siya Kolisi
RL 5 Franco Mostert
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth downward-facing red arrow 65'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe downward-facing red arrow 65'
HK 2 Malcolm Marx downward-facing red arrow 74'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira downward-facing red arrow 53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi upward-facing green arrow 74'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff upward-facing green arrow 53'
PR 18 Coenie Oosthuizen upward-facing green arrow 65'
LK 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit upward-facing green arrow 65'
FL 20 Jean-Luc du Preez upward-facing green arrow 14'
SH 21 Francois Hougaard upward-facing green arrow 65'
FH 22 François Steyn upward-facing green arrow 65'
WG 23 Dillyn Leyds upward-facing green arrow 79'
Coach:
South Africa Allister Coetzee
FB 15 Scott Spedding
RW 14 Yoann Huget downward-facing red arrow 13'
OC 13 Damian Penaud
IC 12 Gaël Fickou
LW 11 Virimi Vakatawa
FH 10 François Trinh-Duc downward-facing red arrow 74'
SH 9 Baptiste Serin downward-facing red arrow 56'
N8 8 Louis Picamoles downward-facing red arrow 22'
OF 7 Kevin Gourdon
BF 6 Yacouba Camara
RL 5 Romain Taofifénua
LL 4 Yoann Maestri downward-facing red arrow 73'
TP 3 Rabah Slimani downward-facing red arrow 58'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c) downward-facing red arrow 74'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot downward-facing red arrow 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Clément Maynadier upward-facing green arrow 74'
PR 17 Eddy Ben Arous upward-facing green arrow 58'
PR 18 Uini Atonio upward-facing green arrow 58'
FL 19 Julien Le Devedec upward-facing green arrow 73'
FL 20 Bernard Le Roux upward-facing green arrow 22'
SH 21 Antoine Dupont upward-facing green arrow 56'
FH 22 Jean-Marc Doussain upward-facing green arrow 74'
WG 23 Nans Ducuing upward-facing green arrow 13'
Coach:
France Guy Novès

Man of the Match:
Siya Kolisi (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:

Third test

24 June 2017
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  35–12  France
Try: Kriel 6' c
Etzebeth 41' m
Marx 61' c
Paige 74' c
Con: Jantjies (3/4) 6', 61', 75'
Pen: Jantjies (3/4) 5', 22', 39'
Report[9] Pen: Plisson (4/5) 11', 15', 40', 57'
FB 15 Andries Coetzee
RW 14 Raymond Rhule downward-facing red arrow 71'
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 Jan Serfontein
LW 11 Courtnall Skosan
FH 10 Elton Jantjies
SH 9 Francois Hougaard downward-facing red arrow 71'
N8 8 Jean-Luc du Preez downward-facing red arrow 55'
OF 7 Jaco Kriel downward-facing red arrow 71'
BF 6 Siya Kolisi
RL 5 Franco Mostert downward-facing red arrow 67'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth (c)
TP 3 Ruan Dreyer downward-facing red arrow 55'
HK 2 Malcolm Marx downward-facing red arrow 67'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira downward-facing red arrow 55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi upward-facing green arrow 67'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff upward-facing green arrow 55'
PR 18 Coenie Oosthuizen upward-facing green arrow 55'
LK 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit upward-facing green arrow 55'
LK 20 Lood de Jager upward-facing green arrow 67'
SH 21 Rudy Paige upward-facing green arrow 71'
FH 22 François Steyn upward-facing green arrow 71'
WG 23 Dillyn Leyds upward-facing green arrow 71'
Coach:
South Africa Allister Coetzee
FB 15 Brice Dulin
RW 14 Nans Ducuing
OC 13 Damian Penaud downward-facing red arrow 64'
IC 12 Gaël Fickou
LW 11 Virimi Vakatawa downward-facing red arrow 77'
FH 10 Jules Plisson
SH 9 Baptiste Serin downward-facing red arrow 71'
N8 8 Louis Picamoles downward-facing red arrow 70'
OF 7 Kevin Gourdon
BF 6 Yacouba Camara downward-facing red arrow 40'
RL 5 Romain Taofifénua downward-facing red arrow 64'
LL 4 Yoann Maestri
TP 3 Rabah Slimani downward-facing red arrow 58' upward-facing green arrow 70'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c)
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot downward-facing red arrow 68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Clément Maynadier upward-facing green arrow 70'
PR 17 Xavier Chiocci upward-facing green arrow 68'
PR 18 Uini Atonio upward-facing green arrow 58' downward-facing red arrow 70'
LK 19 Paul Jedrasiak upward-facing green arrow 64'
FL 20 Loann Goujon upward-facing green arrow 40'
SH 21 Maxime Machenaud upward-facing green arrow 71'
FH 22 François Trinh-Duc upward-facing green arrow 64'
WG 23 Vincent Rattez upward-facing green arrow 77'
Coach:
France Guy Novès

Man of the Match:

Touch judges:
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:

See also

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