Francis wants to repeat World Cup victory

Exeter prop Tomas Francis, who has made 10 appearances for Wales, wants to be part of Warren Gatland's squad when they face England on March 12 at Twickenham.

Their hosts will however be keen to exact revenge for the 28-25 Rugby World Cup loss to the Welsh at the same venue later this month.

"For me, that’s the best game I started and probably the biggest win of my career," Francis told Exeter's official website about that win..

"Hopefully, we can match it again next time. When you’re playing for Wales, they are your biggest rivals and you want to beat them every time.

"Hopefully, I’ll be selected in the squad again and we’ll go from there."

A sterling performance from the 23-year old front-rower in this week's Premiership match against Leicester Tigers, will certainly support his hopes of making the matchday squad.

Speaking of international matters, Francis says Wales are very confident after last week's 19-10 victory over France in Cardiff.

"That was our fifth win in a row against France,” he said.

"We talked all week about the game, but the crowd were phenomenal and they got us through it.

"We knew it was going to be one of those games where we would have to grind it out. We had a lot of possession in the first half, then the defence dug in during the second half and we got the crucial score.

"Often you know what is coming against the French, they are going to be physical, and they are going to ruck hard, so you need to try and stop them at source. I thought we did that well and in the end we got the result we wanted."

The first round draw against Ireland will still be fresh in the memories of the Welsh team, however with no losses they are certainly jovial going into next week's match.

"We we’re a bit gutted about the draw in Ireland as they took two trophies out of the cabinet for us, but all we can do now is stay unbeaten and that’s the target," Francis said.

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