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Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb to leave Ospreys at end of season

Rhys Webb has placed his Wales future in doubt after agreeing to join Toulon when his national dual contract expires next summer.

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The Welsh Rugby Union and Ospreys have announced the British and Irish Lions scrum-half's decision to move overseas for an undisclosed fee after signing a three-year contract.

The move could affect his international future with the so called 'Gatland's Law' allowing only four players at clubs outside of Wales to play for the national team.

The quota will drop to two wildcard picks for the 2019-20 season.

Webb's Ospreys team-mate Dan Biggar will also leave the club to join Northampton next season.

In line with our intention to keep our best players in Wales, every effort to retain the player has been made.

Whilst the news is disappointing there is an understanding that on occasion market forces will make this impractical.

All parties would like to thank Rhys for his contribution to the game here in Wales and continue to wish him well for the future.

– WRU and Ospreys rugby Statement

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

– Rhys Webb