BRISBANE - France coach Phillippe Saint-Andre claims he had little choice but to swing the selection axe following Les Bleus' first Test thrashing by the Wallabies.
The tourists have made 10 changes to their starting XV for Saturday's second Test in Melbourne, including the return of inspirational captain Thierry Dusautoir from an arm injury.
Dusautoir's inclusion, along with that of uncapped prop Alexandre Menini, flyhalf Remi Tales, giant centre Mathieu Bastareaud and fullback Brice Dulin, was expected after they were rested for the opening Test following their late arrival in Australia due to domestic commitments back in France.
But Saint-Andre has changed both prop forwards with Rabah Slimani promoted from the bench with Thomas Domingo and Nicolas Mas, captain in the first Test, dumped to the reserves.
Hooker Guilhem Guirado, lock Yoann Maestri, No.8 Damien Chouly, inside centre Wesley Fofana and winger Yoann Huget are the only starting players to retain their place for the second Test.
"We had to make changes, it was a very poor performance from our side," saidSaint-Andre.
Tales will form a new halves pairing with halfback Morgan Parra, who impressed in a 10 minute cameo off the bench in Brisbane, with Frederic Michalak to be the reserve half.
France team: Alexandre Menini, Guilhem Guirado, Rabah Slimani, Alexandre Flanquart, Yoann Maestri, Yannick Nyanga, Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Damien Chouly, Morgan Parra, Remi Tales, Maxime Medard, Wesley Fofana, Mathieu Bastareaud, Yoann Huget, Brice Dulin. Res: Brice Mach, Thomas Domingo, Nicolas Mas, Bernard Le Roux, Louis Picamoles, Antoine Burban, Frederic Michalak, Remi Lamerat.