Wales star Tomas Francis has confirmed he will leave the Exeter Chiefs at the end of the season and will sign for Welsh region, the Ospreys on a three-year deal.
Currently, Francis has 52 caps to his name and will be unable to reach the limit by the end of his present contract with the Chiefs.
“I knew there would be a time when I would have to make a decision on my future,” said Francis. “It’s not been easy – in fact it’s been the toughest decision I’ve had to make in my career – but I’ve had to do it to make sure I can carry on playing international rugby.
“Since the moment I arrived at the Chiefs, it’s been an unbelievable journey for me. I came here six, seven years ago as a Championship player and now I’m leaving as a 50+ cap international and with two Premiership and one European title under my belt.
“What I have achieved with the Chiefs – and what I still hope to achieve this season – is something special. As a player in this group, I’ve been incredibly privileged to be part of a special journey. The culture we have here, both on and off the field, is second to none and although I’m leaving, I know I will have friends for life from the experiences I’ve had with them.”
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