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Last Updated: Monday, 10 November, 2003, 16:35 GMT
Charvis commits to Wales
Martin Johnson and Colin Charvis
Wales skipper Colin Charvis will play in next year's Six Nations, despite his expected move to French side Tarbes.

"I would like to play for Wales for the next 12 months," said the 30-year-old back-row man. "Steve Hansen is coach for the Six Nations and I have to be in a position where he can select me, so we will have to see what happens."

Charvis' agent Peter Underhill told BBC Sport Wales that the player was "100% committed" to his country, even though it has proved a sticking point in contract negotiations.

"We're looking for a contract that gives Colin the facility to play in the Six Nations," said Underhill. "Unfortunately that has proved difficult as clubs don't want a player to be distracted by international calls.

"We're looking to France for the next nine months or so. Nothing can be finalised until Colin returns home on Wednesday, but he could be leaving again within a week.

"He has two to three years left at the highest level of the game and as an international."

Colin wants nothing more than to be able to get out of bed at home in Mumbles and drive down the road to work
Colin Charvis' agent Peter Underhill
Underhill described Charvis' inability to land a contract with a Welsh side as a "travesty" and categorically denied suggestions that unreasonable demands from the player had meant that he missed out.

"We're talking about Wales' captain, top tackler and the country's all-time leading forward try scorer (12 tries).

"I tried to get the best deal for him but that didn't agree with the views of individuals within the Welsh provincial set-up.

"Colin wants nothing more than to be able to get out of bed at home in Mumbles (Swansea) and drive down the road to work, but unfortunately that's not going to happen."





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