At the end of a miserable year and just over two months before their Six Nations opener against England, France know exactly where they stand among the world's
Half-backs Remi Tales and Morgan Parra will lead the French attack for the third game in a row with both again named in Philippe Saint-Andre's XV.
France manager Philippe Saint-Andre resisted any temptation to make wholesale changes to the side which lost to New Zealand.
Philippe Saint Andre has made five changes to the France starting line-up for the test against Tonga in Le Harve on Saturday.
It was a case of so near and yet so far for France as Les Bleus put up a spirited fight against New Zealand on Saturday before going down for their eighth
World champions New Zealand earned their 12th victory in as many games in 2013 by beating France 26-19.
France manager Philippe Saint-Andre took a gamble on Thursday when he picked the inexperienced flyhalf Remi Tales.
France's Parra can face New Zealand after his ban for punching an opponent in a Top 14 game was reduced to two weeks.
Remi Tales will make his first start for France in the third and final Test against New Zealand.
New Zealand will concentrate on ball security, particularly at the breakdown, as they prepare for the second Test against France in Christchurch.
Aaron Cruden claimed 13 points for the All Blacks as they held off a combative France side 23-13 at Eden Park.
New Zealand captain Kieran Read has promised his team will not underestimate France when the teams meet at Eden Park.
Auckland's Eden Park holds a special place in the memory of All Blacks captain Kieran Read.
France must forget about New Zealand's formidable reputation and treat them like any other team, says Thierry Dusautoir.
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