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Warren Gatland gives hope to Welsh exile Rhys Webb

Wales boss Warren Gatland remains hopeful that he’ll be able to select his Lions scrum-half Rhys Webb for the World Cup next year.

“I feel very sorry for Rhys,” said Gatland, who is in the final year of his contract with Wales having started at the end of 2007.



“I would love the opportunity to be able to pick him but the rules say I can’t. I would like to think that if we have injuries at scrum-half common sense will prevail.

“The pleasing thing is that the rugby management board, which includes the four head coaches of the regions, meets once a month. They understand what the position is and I don’t think anyone wants a see a team hampered by not being able to pick the best player.

“We will see what happens over the next six months. If Rhys’s form is good enough and seeing what happens with the other scrum-halves, is there a possibility? At the moment it is a firm no, but you can never say never.

“There is no doubt that when Rhys is fit and playing well, he is world-class. We will let the dust settle on it and when we get a bit closer to the World Cup, it might be a possibility. It could make a difference to us having someone like him available.”

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