Friday 15 December 2017

'It's a huge wrench' - Rhys Webb confirms he will leave the Ospreys next season for France

Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb
Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb
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Rhys Webb has confirmed that he will leave the Ospreys next season to join a French Top 14 side, believed to be Toulon.

The 28-year-old, who has 28 caps for Wales and won two British and Irish Lions caps on the 2017 tour to New Zealand, made his debut for the Ospreys in 2007 but will leave after his dual contract with the Ospreys and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) expires at the end of the season.

Webb said: “It’s a huge wrench to be leaving the Ospreys after spending all of my playing career with the team. I have made lifelong friends on and off the pitch and I cannot speak highly enough of the quality of the coaching team, players and all of the staff involved within the Ospreys organisation.

“I will continue to give the region everything I can to make sure we have the best season possible and I would like to conclude by saying a heartfelt thanks to everyone within the Region for helping me achieve my goals within rugby

“I would like to thank the WRU and the Ospreys for their efforts during this process.”

The 28-year-old's move to France could hinder his international career as WRU's policy allows for the selection of only four players, that play for clubs outside Wales, to be included in the national team over the next two years.

George North, Jamie Roberts, Liam Williams, Taulupe Faletau and Dan Biggar all ply their trade outside Wales.

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