Toulon - Wales scrumhalf Rhys Webb will no longer feature for French Top 14 side Toulon after club owner Bernard Lemaitre hit out at the "dishonest" attitude surrounding the player's return home.
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Webb, 31, was originally set to leave the three-time European champions at the end of the season to move back to the Ospreys.
this week, the Welsh Rugby Union announced Webb would be eligible to
feature in this year's Six Nations after being given an exemption from a
rule requiring players to have more than 60 caps if they wish to
represent their country while playing abroad.
"His family is back
in Wales, it's difficult for him. We made beach-sized amounts of time
for him to be able to go back and see his family in Wales," Lemaitre,
who took over majority ownership of Toulon from Mourad Boudjellal last
month, told Sud Radio.
"All of a sudden we learn he has already
signed for the Ospreys and his agent had already negotiated with the
Welsh union that he can be selected. It's a dishonest attitude.
takes us to a situation where I think Rhys Webb will not play in the
Toulon shirt again. The adventure will be cut short," he added.
Webb was left out of Toulon's squad as they hammered Castres 43-3 to move to third in the Top 14 table at Stade Felix Mayol.
two-time British and Irish Lions Test player watched from the stands as
his side - with France international Baptiste Serin playing scrumhalf -
crossed for six tries against the ill-disciplined visitors who were
shown three yellow cards.
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on Sunday, title holders Toulouse lost for the first time in nine games
as struggling Stade Francais won 30-18 at Stade Jean Bouin in French
The Parisians move up from bottom spot thanks
to back-rower Sekou Macalou's two tries, a swashbuckling Gael Fickou and
Argentina flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez's perfect display kicking at the
Macalou and Fickou furthered their claims for a spot in
France's Six Nations squad to be named on Wednesday with inspirational
performances to claim their side's fourth victory of the campaign.
started the New Year with a win, it feels good. Especially in a period
when we were finding things difficult," 51-time international Fickou
"We showed a new side to us but the season is still long. We have to continue on this path," he added.
World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe returned from a minor back injury for
the champions to touch down for the first time this season.
visitors travel to Connacht in the European Champions Cup next weekend
looking to tie up a quarter-final spot as Stade host Zebre in a
dead-rubber match in the Challenge Cup.