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Rhys Webb focused on France win, not Lions selection

Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb said he is only concerned about beating France on Saturday, not world rankings or British and Irish Lions selection.

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Victory for Wales in Paris - and an England victory over Ireland - would lift Wales into fourth spot ahead of May's 2019 World Cup pool draw.

Such a scenario means they would be likely to avoid a so-called pool of death, which they encountered in 2015 after being grouped alongside England and Australia.

Wales bounced back from back-to-back defeats to beat Ireland 22-9 in Cardiff last Friday and if they beat France, they could finish second in the Six Nations.

I appreciate these guys talking about me, but I have said from the beginning my focus is not on that (Lions), it is Wales, then Ospreys. I know what it is like to miss big tournaments, having missed the (2015) World Cup because of injury.

I just go into each game looking to enjoy it, and the more I enjoy it, the better I play.

I take each game as it comes, and look, whatever happens, happens. If it does, then happy days, but I am not going to count on anything.

It (Lions selection) would be the highlight - it is the pinnacle of anyone's career - but I have not thought about it one bit, and that is genuine.

You see the promotional videos and stuff, and it is hard not to think about it.

But from a personal point of view it is something you know is there, but you can't look at it too much because, like I said, I know what it is like to miss out on these things. People name their squads and whatever, but to be honest, I don't take any notice.

I look at the old (Lions) videos on Twitter and stuff, but that is as far as I go.

You can't look any further than a big game against France this weekend.

Going fourth is not something that we will be looking at too much as players, and after a good performance against a strong Ireland team, we know it's going to be a difficult task out in France. They are probably one of the best attacking teams so far in the Six Nations, so we know that we've got a tough task, and our main focus is getting the job done. Whatever happens after that, happy days.

– Rhys Webb, Wales Scrum-Half
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He missed the last World Cup after suffering a serious injury during Wales' final tournament warm-up game against Italy, and Webb admits that he now has a more philosophical outlook.

Playing for the Ospreys and Wales means I just cherish every moment of wearing the jersey.

A lot of legends have worn the red jersey, and I want to emulate them.

I give my best in every game I play, respect the jersey, and give 100 per cent.

I just go out there with a big smile on my face and enjoy it.

That is the way I was brought up.

– Rhys Webb, Wales Scrum-Half

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