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‘Heartbroken’ Rhys Webb Won’t Go Back On Toulon Agreement

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 25: Rhys Webb of Wales looks on during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Forsyth Barr Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb has reiterated his disappointment at the WRU’s new selection policy – but has committed his future to Toulon.

The 28-year-old has agreed a move to the French side from next season, though with Wales’ new policy stating that foreign-based players have to have 60 caps or more for international selection, that would deem Webb ineligible as he is will still be some way short of that mark even by the time next summer rolls around.

Speaking to BBC Wales, Webb says that although the move will put paid to his hopes of playing for his country in the World Cup in 2019, he has made a commitment to Toulon and won’t be going back on that – despite assurances from Welsh coach Warren Gatland that he could still renege on the deal.

“I won’t be doing that. My future lies in Toulon.”

The Ospreys man went on to once again express his disappointment in Welsh rugby for the manner in which the rule change was applied and conveyed to him, offering nothing but confusion before he moved and essentially ruled himself out of selection.

“I probably would have liked someone to come and explain to me how I’d been captured.

“It’s baffling. I’m very disappointed with Welsh rugby right now.

“I just know playing for Wales is why you play the game.

“Being picked for Wales is still a dream now. To know that won’t be happening again is hurtful, it’s genuinely just upsetting.”

At this moment in time, Webb is the only unlucky player to fall victim to the scrapping of ‘Gatland’s Law’, with other foreign-based players such as Toby Faletau and Jamie Roberts comfortably over the 60 cap mark already.

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