Wales v Argentina: Prop Tomas Francis 'not dirty' following bans

Tomas Francis
Tomas Francis made his Wales debut in a 16-10 win over Ireland in August 2015
Wales Under Armour Test series - Wales v Argentina
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 12 November Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
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Wales prop Tomas Francis has said he is not a dirty player, after serving two suspensions in 2016 which have left him short of game time.

The Exeter Chiefs' tight-head has been picked ahead of Samson Lee to earn his 16th cap against Argentina.

Francis was banned for eight weeks in March 2016 and then received a red card in September.

"I might seem like I'm quite a dirty player but for me it's two innocuous incidents" he said.

"They were both completely accidental, but by the letter of the law, it's reckless," he added.

Francis was banned in March after being cited for making contact with the eye area of England prop Dan Cole in Wales' defeat at Twickenham.

"It was trial by TV at Twickenham. The TV producer played it in slow-mo over and over again, which gave the citing commissioner no option really," said Francis, who qualifies for Wales because his grandmother came from Abercrave in the Swansea Valley.

World Rugby's recommended sanctions for those found guilty of such offences range from between 12 and 208 weeks but the body said it viewed the offence "as being at the lower end of the scale".

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He then received a red card for kicking Harlequins' scrum-half Danny Care in a Premiership match in September 2016, but was only given a fortnight's suspension.

"There was a new law this season about feet in rucks, and the ref saw no option but to send me off," added Francis.

"I won't stick my feet into a ruck now, I'll just try and be confrontational in another way.

"I hope it doesn't [give me a bad reputation], but two bans in a short space of time isn't good to have on the record."

Francis has won the battle against Lee for a Wales shirt, but faces difficulty in starting for the Chiefs, with Australia's Greg Holmes, Scotland's Moray Low, and Harry Williams all contesting the position.

"In previous seasons I've had a lot [of game time], but not this season. The ban didn't help," he said.

"Every game you play is a chance to show what you're about and hopefully I can do that."