Rhys Webb is resigned to miss the World Cup unless Wales is hit by an injury crisis at scrum-half. Webb’s arrival at the French club of Toulon last summer means that he is not available for selection by Warren Gatland. Because his collection of 33 caps is below the mark of 60 required for overseas-based players to be considered.
Gatland said he would expect the rule to be relaxed if his half-back resources were exhausted, and Webb knows this is his only possible path to World Cup 2019. Fans have bought their Rugby World Cup Tickets online and hoping for their favourite players to perform well in the tournament.
Webb said, “As far as I’m concerned, I’m outside the 60 cape rule.” He will play for the Barbarians against England at Twickenham on Sunday. I believe that if there are injuries, I can enter without any problem, but there must be injuries. It’s the decision.
“The rule is in place and it motivates me to work harder and continue to make extras. I know my standards, I know where I am as a player. I will maintain high standards wherever I am.”
Chris Ashton’s hat-trick for the Barbarians against England a year ago contributed to Eddie Jones’ reminder of the double-kite wing. But Webb refuses to see the match as an opportunity to impress Gatland.
You want to play in front of big stages, big crowds. At every workout and every game, I try to have fun and play with a smile on my face” said the 30-year-old.
I support my instinct and I work hard. Yes, it’s a big game but I will not do anything special. There are too many world-class players here. Despite all the frustration of missing Japan 2019 and joining Toulon in a turbulent period in its history, Webb is happy with his decision to settle in the south of France.
That’s really good, said Webb, whose campaign was affected by a thigh injury. I have been with the Ospreys since childhood. I moved to 29 years old, I do not think that 12 years is a bad race. But as a player, I just felt that I needed something to cool off a bit and regain pleasure.
Nobody really knew what our identity was and we did not really have a culture. It took a few months to understand that. At the end of the season, we discovered who we are as a team, how we want to play and whom we want to be.
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