Wales prop Tomas Francis will still be eligible to play for his country despite extending his deal at Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs.

Exeter have exercised a clause at the existing contract to keep him until at least 2021 at of the 26-year-old.

Under Welsh rules if their contracts expire any player with fewer than 60 caps need to come back to Wales.

Since 40-cap Francis has had a clause enacted in his deal rather than a deal that is brand fresh, the rule doesn’t apply.

“After he initially signed his last contract there is a clause inside arrangement which said his contract could be extended around as long as many things were met.

“Tom’s perhaps not come off contract, but it’s just been a very easy extension because he needed to stay and also we wanted to keep him and we fulfilled obligations which lengthened the extent of his contract.”

Irish and british Lions players Rhys Webb and Alex Cuthbert were ineligible to play Wales into Toulon and Exeter since summer goes respectively since they’d failed to meet the statute, which came into force.

Francis, who moved into Exeter in London Scottish at 2014, signed his present deal in July 20-16.

“Due to the we put various things from the contract which supposed he isn’t put in that awkward position where he is turning down a contract at Wales, because efficiently his contract’s only taken on the expansion period.

“He’s playing being here, he is playing some fantastic , he has played in some big games for us and has also had a substantial Six Nations for Wales which is fantastic for him.”

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