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Francis hails squad with Welsh extending unbeaten run to nine

Tomas Francis
Tomas Francis

Tomas Francis has hailed the "unreal" atmosphere in Wales' squad following the completion of a first four-from-four autumn Tests clean sweep.

Francis' early try - no Wales prop had previously touched down in Tests against South Africa, New Zealand or Australia - sent his team on their way to a 20-11 victory over the Springboks.

Wales extended an unbeaten run to nine games - their longest winning sequence since 1999 - and they have not lost at home for a year.

It augurs well for a Six Nations campaign that begins against France in Paris on February 1, with Francis, who had never scored a try for Wales or his club Exeter, enthused by what lies ahead.

"Winning is a habit and, as a squad, we believe," he said. "Everyone works for each other, and we are on a good run at the minute. It is a squad you want to be involved in. The atmosphere is unreal.

It was a great feeling to score a try - it is not something I do very often. I think the last one was when I played for London Scottish or Doncaster."

Wales' win came at a cost, with back row forward Ellis Jenkins suffering a knee injury that could see him miss the entire Six Nations campaign and possibly the rest of this season.

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