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Tomas Francis became just the 13th Welshman to be crowned a champion of Europe

‘Lucky 13’ for Chiefs prop Francis

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Tomas Francis will have more medals in mind this week as he prepares for a possible Heineken Champions Cup and English Premiership double with Exeter Chiefs.

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The Wales tight head prop will be missing from the international warm-up match with France in Paris this weekend because of club commitments. The Chiefs meet Wasps at Twickenham in what will be their fifth successive Premiership final.

Francis has featured in the previous four, picking up a winners’ medal against Wasps in the 23-20 extra-time triumph in 2017, and will head to the home of English rugby on Saturday as the 13th Welsh winner of the top European title.

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The Chiefs’ beat Racing 92 31-27 in the Heineken Champions Cup final at Bristol’s Ashton Gate with Francis coming on to replace Harry Williams on 55 minutes. Joining him at the same time in the front row was former Cardiff Met student Jack Yeandle, while the former Cardiff University and Bridgend wing Tom O’Flaherty started.

Francis, who has won 48 caps to date, joined current Wales Squad members Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams and Nick Tompkins as Heineken Champions Cup winners. The full list of Welsh players who have carried off a winners’ medal is:

1997       Tony Rees (Brive)
1998       Ieuan Evans, Nathan Thomas, Richard Webster (Bath)
2000       Allan Bateman, Andy Newman (Northampton Saints)
2004       Rob Howley (Wasps)
2005       Gareth Thomas (Toulouse)
2013       Gethin Jenkins (Toulon)
2015       Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon)
2019       Nick Tomkins, Liam Williams (Saracens)
2020       Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs)

The game was refereed by Nigel Owens, who extended his record of Heineken Champions Cup finals to seven.

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