Guinness PRO12: Rhys Webb signs dual contract
Scrum-half becomes the eighth player to commit future to Welsh rugby by signing up with the Welsh Rugby Union and his region
Rhys Webb has become the latest Wales international to sign a national dual contract ahead of the final round of the RBS 6 Nations on Saturday.
The 26-year-old Ospreys scrum-half becomes the eighth player to sign a dual contract as Wales head coach Warren Gatland aims to keep the best Welsh talent away from the chequebooks of Aviva Premiership and Top 14 clubs.
Now my future is confirmed, I can focus all my attention of becoming a better rugby player.
Rhys Webb on his future with the Ospreys and Wales
Webb, who has been one of the standout players in this season’s Guinness PRO12, has enjoyed a solid 12 months that has seen him establish himself as first-choice for his region and the national team.
The Bridgend-born star has been on the radars of several clubs across Europe, but has committed his future to the Ospreys, who remain in the race for a PRO12 play-off spot with five rounds of the regular season remaining.
“I’m delighted to be the latest player to sign a national dual contract,” said Webb.
“I’m enjoying my rugby at the Ospreys and with Wales, and this allows me to build on that.
“Now my future is confirmed, I can focus all my attention of becoming a better rugby player.”
Webb, who made his Wales debut in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations against Italy and has made 13 appearances for the national team, is the first player at the Ospreys to sign up to a dual contract, with flanker Dan Lydiate joining the region when he returned from France earlier in the season.
He has impressed at regional level for the Ospreys and this ensures his future here, which will prove an enormous benefit to professional rugby in Wales.
Warren Gatland on Rhys Webb’s dual contract
He joins Scarlets trio Jake Ball, Samson Lee and Rhodri Jones, Newport Gwent Dragons duo Hallam Amos and Tyler Morgan, and Wales captain Sam Warburton in signing a dual contract.
His impressive form has seen him nudge out Mike Phillips to take the Welsh number nine jersey, starting the last six matches and scoring three tries.
Gatland admits that Webb committing to Welsh rugby will provide enormous benefits to his region and the national team.
“Rhys has established himself as a proven international scrum-half and fully deserves a national dual contract,” Gatland said.
“He has impressed at regional level for the Ospreys and this ensures his future here, which will prove an enormous benefit to professional rugby in Wales.”