Exeter Chiefs sign London Scottish prop
April 3, 2014
Exeter Chiefs have added to their front-row resources with the signing of Tomas Francis on a two-year deal from London Scottish.
Francis will add to their options at tight-head and will vie with Moray Low for the spot with both Hoani Tui and Craig Mitchell set to leave Exeter at the end of the season.
Francis, 21, said: "If I'm honest, getting into the Premiership has come a lot quicker than I thought, but it's a great opportunity for me and one that I hope to take with both hands. Exeter are a great club and one that have come out of the Championship and really progressed within the Premiership. They have a great stadium, superb support and they are a club who are very ambitious and want to move forward.
"When I spoke to Rob [Baxter] he told me about what the club want to do and where they want to go - and convinced me that it's a good place to be if you're an ambitious, young player."
Exeter boss Rob Baxter added: "We always keep a close eye on the Championship and one of the things we tend to keep a close eye on is front five forwards. On a pretty consistent basis, Tom has looked very good. He's looked strong in the set-piece and more mobile than you'd imagine when you see the stats for his size.
"He's someone we hope will develop during his time at Exeter and I can see him coming through as a good player in the Premiership. Meeting him and seeing his desire to get on and thrive in a professional environment is quite commendable. I'm sure he'll come in and work very hard."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Michael van Gerwen laid down a marker at the Players Championship Finals with a 6-2 victory against compatriot Raymond van Barneveld at the Butlins Minehead Resort on Friday
Ian Humphreys missed a last-minute conversion as Munster emerged 21-20 winners of tonight's Guinness PRO12 derby against Ulster at Thomond Park
Sam Burgess admitted to having nerves before his Bath debut but was left on a high after it ended with a win
Cross-code signing Sam Burgess made his long-awaited Bath debut as the home side eased to a 25-6 bonus-point win against Harlequins at the Recreation Ground on Friday
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has won his appeal of an indefinite suspension and has been reinstated to the NFL