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It’s tough on Rhys Webb but strict rules are needed to save future of Test rugby | Paul Rees

Wales have to keep making a stand in an attempt to galvanise the regional game which, the Scarlets aside, remains in a depressed state

Rhys Webb wants to have his Welsh cake and eat it. The Ospreys and Lions scrum-half signed for Toulon earlier this month, days before the Welsh Rugby Union announced a change to its policy governing players outside the country, entrapping the 28-year-old.

The new rules outline that players moving to England or France from next season would only be considered by the Wales head coach if they had reached the 60-cap threshold. As Webb is on 28, he has no chance of reaching that by next September, even with all the extra internationals Wales are fond of arranging.

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