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Webb announces retirement from international rugby

Rhys Webb

Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb has called time on his international career after over 10 years in the famous red jersey.

Webb, 34, earned 40 caps for his country and featured in the 2023 Guinness Six Nations Championship, where he was named Player of the Match in their 29-17 win over Italy.

He becomes the third Wales legend to retire this month, following in the footsteps of Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric.

Webb made his international debut in the 2012 Championship, coming on as a replacement against Italy in a year which saw Warren Gatland’s side lift the Grand Slam.

He went on to play 23 matches in the Championship in total, scoring four tries, including three in 2015.

Webb toured with the British and Irish Lions Tests in the 2017 drawn series with New Zealand, coming off the bench twice and scoring in the defeat in the first Test.

At club level, Webb has represented Ospreys, Bath and Toulon, making over 200 appearances across his career to date.

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He was recently named in Wales’ 54-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup but, like Jones and Tipuric, has subsequently retired from international rugby before training camps get underway.

Webb said: “Having the opportunity to play for Wales again recently has been a huge honour and I am proud to have been named as part of the World Cup training squad.

“I feel that after achieving my goal of returning to the Wales set-up, it is the right time now for me to step away from international rugby and just enjoy my last few years as a professional rugby player.

“I’d like to thank the Ospreys for continuing to believe in me and Warren for giving me a chance to pull the famous red jersey on once again.”