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Welsh agree Montanella deal

Aviva Premiership new boys London Welsh have agreed a two-year contract extension with talismanic prop Franck Montanella.

The France international, 30, joined the club from Bourgoin in the summer and has played a key role in helping the Exiles move 10 points clear of the relegation place.

"I am very happy to sign for the next two seasons with London Welsh," said Montanella.

"I had other opportunities but I decided to stay as I share the same vision as head coach, Lyn Jones, - to secure the long term future for London Welsh in the Premiership - and I am 100% focused on that goal.

"I love the club, the spirit and the supporters; there is a real family feel. Right now I am happy and proud to be a Dragon!"

Jones added: "It could have proved a testing time for Franck adapting to English rugby, but he's taken to the challenge and showed himself as a genuine Aviva standard player. We are delighted to extend his stay here as he will prove a good signing both on and off the field."

Montanella, who has racked up tries against Gloucester and Wasps this term, was recently named in the Premiership team of the half-season by Premiership Rugby.