Charteris confirms Racing exit

Date published: November 18 2015

Wales lock Luke Charteris has confirmed he will leave Racing 92 when his contract expires at the end of the season so that he can boost his chances to play for his country.

Charteris has played for Racing since the summer of 2014, after a two-year stint at Perpignan, and has represented Wales in 62 Tests. He previously played for the Dragons for nine seasons.

Welsh players do not need to necessarily play in Wales to represent their national team at Test level but Wales' head coach Warren Gatland has encouraged expatriated Welsh players to return home on dual contracts, partly funded by the Welsh Rugby Union.

"I love Paris and Racing 92, but I have to leave next year because if I want to play for the national team," Charteris told AFP.

"I must be playing in Wales or England." 

Wales and British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies announced last week that he will return to Wales next season after re-signing for Scarlets from Clermont.

Charteris has also been linked with a move to Premiership club Bath.