Aaron Jarvis: Leaving Ospreys was a 'big decision' says Wales prop

Aaron Jarvis
Aaron Jarvis made his Wales debut against Argentina in November 2012

Aaron Jarvis admits leaving Ospreys to join Clermont Auvergne was a big move after five years in Swansea.

The 30-year-old Wales prop announced in March that he would be moving to France for the 2016-17 season.

"It was a big decision because the Ospreys helped me become an international," he said.

"The decision was tough in a sense but it was easy in the sense that Clermont are such a massive club it was too big an opportunity to turn down."

Jarvis made the latest of his 18 Wales appearances as a replacement in the 46-6 defeat by New Zealand in June.

And he says he still harbours international ambition in spite of his move to France.

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Wales coach Warren Gatland has a limit on the number of players who have chosen to play outside Wales he can pick for internationals.

However, Jarvis insists he wants to add to his 18 caps.

"I love playing for Wales, it's a great experience," he added.

"I don't want to stop playing for Wales - I'm available for selection so I guess I've just got to play well for Clermont and then hopefully it will be enough to be called up for Wales."

Jarvis joined Ospreys from Bath in 2011, and hopes the quality of the Clermont squad will improve his game.

"The competition here is fierce, but I think that brings out the best in you," he said.

"You just can't go through the motions in training, you've got to be on your best game every day competing with these guys here and it literally does make you train that little bit harder.

"And I think a different environment will definitely suit me and make me work that little bit harder again."

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