Exeter Chiefs' Gareth Steenson has urged the IRFU to reconsider its current policy which excludes overseas-based players from consideration for Ireland international duty.

The out-half was part of the Chiefs squad that won this season's Heineken Champions Cup final against Racing 92 on Saturday.

The opposition ranks included two long-time Ireland caps in the shape of Simon Zebo, who scored two tries, and Donnacha Ryan who have not been called up for international duty since making their respective moves to France.

Current Ireland captain Jonathan Sexton was the one recent exception to the policy during his two-year spell at Racing between 2013 and 2015.

Dungannon native Steenson, who previously played for Ireland at underage level, told the BBC that the IRFU should consider looking beyond the four Irish provinces when picking players.

"There are only four provinces that you can select from, so why take away the opportunity if some of your best players are away playing top-level rugby in a different competition? They will be are learning from other players and other leagues," he said, adding that he had spoken to Zebo at full-time on Saturday and that the former Munster full-back was "playing some great stuff".

"I understand that it is an easier way to look after players, being at home, but for me I never had an opportunity to play for any of the provinces.

"I was always at a disadvantage as I was never going to get selected for Ireland, that was just the way it fell for me. Hopefully, one day, the IRFU might look across the water, but I can say that now I'm finishing."

Steenson is due to retire from professional rugby after Saturday's English Premiership final.