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The 24-year-old struggled through an injury-disrupted campaign last season but this year has got off to a dream start, as he eyes up a spot in France’s RBS 6 Nations squad.
“This is a dream come true,” he said. “But this is only a screening for an internship. I'm a young player.
“I did not play last year because of a knee injury – this is my first season in the Top 14 and I have played just three matches, so it is a pleasant surprise to be selected by France.
“I'll go, I’ll give 100 per cent and do what I do in Perpignan and savour every moment. I will go there as a kid of 24 years who is super happy to live it but I'm very humbled.
“A year ago my mother told me 'after rain comes sunshine' and it is exactly that.”
The squad will attend a training camp in Marcoussis from September 22-25 before another next month in preparation for the November.
Head coach Phillipe Saint-Andre is pleased with the mix of experience and youth in his training squad, but he warned it is subject to change within the next two months.
He said: “26 players in the list of 30 were in New Zealand with us, two players are back (Pascal Pape and Morgan Parra) and we meet two players in form this season (Guitoune and Slimani).
“If ever a player is injured before the course, he will be replaced. There is a hidden list. The list of thirty of September may be different from that of November.”