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Francis: Record-breaking Wales can still improve

Francis: Record-breaking Wales can still improve

Tomas Francis started against both France and England (inpho)

  • Wales' win over England takes them to 12 Test wins on the spin
  • Francis started in Paris in round one and against England last weekend
  • Wales are chasing a first Championship crown since 2013

Tomas Francis has a word of warning for the rest of the Guinness Six Nations: Wales are still playing within themselves.

Warren Gatland’s side are the only unbeaten side left in the 2019 Championship after their 21-13 win over England on Saturday in round three.

That means that attention has turned to a first Grand Slam in seven years in this, Gatland’s final campaign at the helm.

They are now on a best-ever run of 12 Test wins on the spin but tighthead prop Francis, who started on Saturday and in round one against France, insists the best is yet to come.

“The atmosphere is the squad is amazing,” he said.

“We know we still haven’t put together an 80-minute performance yet. We are excited for when we can finally do that.

“The first two games, we knew it wasn’t us. We finally got to play in front of the crowd and show more of us.

“In the first two we didn’t play well at all, we fired a few shots against England but there is a lot left in the tank and we’ve won three. It’s a good place to be in. We’ve got two tough games to come.

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“Murrayfield is always a tough place to go and then it is Ireland at home, we will take them one at a time.”

With a rest week to come, Francis will return to club duty with Exeter Chiefs this weekend before attentions turn to Scotland and a round trip to BT Murrayfield.

And Francis, who has won 38 caps for his country since his debut back in 2015, is taking it all in his stride.

“We have belief in each and every one of the squad, you believe in the man next to you. Whoever comes on the pitch, whoever of the 37, we believe in each other. That’s why we enjoy being there,” he added.

“We’ll just take one game at a time. It is Sale away first for me and then Scotland away. We just need to keep building as a squad.

“There are 37 players ready to play and it is a great place to be We just want to keep winning game by game and enjoying each other’s company. We like being together in camp and we enjoy down in the team room.”