Former Cardiff Blues wing Alex Cuthbert has admitted that he was focused on leaving Wales, even if that meant not being eligible to represent his country in the near future, the BBC report.

The 28-year-old recently joined Premiership side Exeter Chiefs from the Blues, which means he is now unavailable to play for Wales.

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Welsh Rugby Union rules state that players who play for a club outside the country must have at least 60 caps to their name to be available for their country, with Cuthbert currently 13 short on 47 caps.

Despite now not being eligible for international selection, Cuthbert, who has scored 16 tries for Wales, admitted he was fully focused on competing in the Premiership, even if that meant sacrificing his place at international level.

My main focus was to get outside of Wales. I felt at the start of last season I needed a break and a new opportunity elsewhere to develop as a player and challenge myself.

It was in the back of my mind knowing leaving would mean I won’t play for Wales again.

That has hit home a bit, but for me I was more focused on getting things right at club level.

Cuthbert made his debut for Wales back in 2011, and scored the winning Grand Slam-winning score against France in 2012, however, the wing wont be representing his country anytime soon.

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