France call up Domingo

Date published: March 17 2015

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Thomas Domingo has been called up by France coach Philippe Saint-André to replace Eddy Ben Arous for Saturday's clash with England.

The Clermont prop returns to the international set-up for the first time since last June, after Ben Arous had to pull out with a triceps tear.

It's a blow for les Bleus and for the Racing-Métro prop, who has been one of the revelations of the tournament so far.

However Domingo gets his chance again after showing good form for Clermont Auvergne in recent weeks.

And while Domingo has only just joined the squad, he could well start against England at Twickenham, with Clermont teammate Vincent Debaty better suited to coming off the bench.

Alexandre Menini, who started the opening game of the tournament before getting injured himself, had made his playing return last week, but suffered a ligament sprain against Lyon on Saturday.

"It all went very quickly," said Domingo. "I went to collect my kids from school when around 5 o'clock Yannick Bru (France forwards coach) called me to let me know I'd been called up.

"I took everyone home, popped by the stadium for a gumshield and to get my bag ready and then I had a plane to Paris a 6.40. The fact that I've been called up means a lot to me. I've had some tough moments this season so it's a real pleasure.

"I need to carry on in this way. All my hard work is being rewarded. Half of the work is done, now I have to do the other half. I'm here to stay, or at least I'd like to."

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