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Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Toulon expect Webb to honour contract

Toulon expect Webb to honour contract

"I've heard from neither Webb nor his agent but it does not change anything for us".

"After that, they can make a decision - stay in Wales or some of them, as they come to the end of their career, maybe look at opportunities to play and experience a lifestyle change, and also maybe a significant financial reward for their services to Welsh rugby".

"If Warren Gatland wants to pay the clause to release him, no worry".

But there is further confusion. From my point of view we potentially won't be able to pick a world-class player.

'When that contract expires and If the player has less 60 caps they would not be eligible for selection.

The introduction of this new policy means the previous one - nicknamed "Gatland's law" has been scrapped.

The previous policy was created to keep players in Wales but it did not work, with prominent names now in the Premiership including George North, Liam Williams, Jamie Roberts and Taulupe Faletau.

'Whatever contract that a player is in today that contract is protected, ' he said.

Saracens' Liam Williams, despite having only 43 caps is exempt from the new law because he is already playing outside Wales.

Will the change help or hinder Wales?

Rhys Webb - one of the best scrum-halves in Europe - might not feature for Wales at the next World Cup if he takes up his contract at Toulon next year while Ross Moriarty and Tomas Francis would have to return to the regions at the end of their current deals to be considered for selection.

"We have got a target of announcing the new Wales head coach by the summer of 2018", Davies said.

While Webb's half-back partner at the Ospreys, Dan Biggar, looks set to reach the 60-cap minimum before he joins Northampton Saints next summer - needing four more caps to do so - Webb has only made 26 appearances and will be well short of the number needed to remain available for global selection. If they have 60 or more caps and they are outside Wales they would be [eligible]. That could have a detrimental effect on the club game if it was removed of some of its star attractions.

It follows a criteria already used by Australia for selecting individuals at Test level who do not play domestic rugby in their own country.

The new policy means that Webb is the only casualty from Wales' internationals now plying their trade outside the country or who have already signed deals to leave.

But Rugby Studio claims Webb knew that the rule would be changed.

Webb's move to the south of France on a three-year contract was confirmed earlier this month.

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