Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Rhys Webb ruled out by Wales

Rhys Webb ruled out by Wales

Under the previous policy, which was introduced under Gatland's reign in August 2014, the New Zealander was able to select up to three players who are based outside of Wales.

The new policy means that Webb is the only casualty from Wales' internationals now plying their trade outside the country or who have already signed deals to leave.

Rhys Webb's global career could be over after Wales introduced a 60-cap rule for overseas-based players.

Wales' new Senior Player Selection Policy, which is similar to that used in Australia, will not immediately impact those now under contract at non-Welsh clubs, meaning players like Williams, who joined Saracens on a three-year deal from the start of the current season, has plenty of time to add to his existing tally of 43 caps.

'For me as a national coach if I was being perfectly selfish would I have a policy? He's only signed a letter of agreement.

Ross Moriarty, now at Gloucester, has a decision to make at the end of the season when his contract expires.

That system was created to keep players in Wales but it did not work, with a clutch of star names now in the English Premiership including George North, Liam Williams, Jamie Roberts and Taulupe Faletau.

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The new selection policy, which will be implemented with immediate effect, means that leading Premiership names in George North, Taulupe Faletau and Jamie Roberts are all eligible to continue playing for Wales as they have surpassed the 60-cap threshold, while Gloucester's Ross Moriarty and Owen Williams, Exeter Chiefs prop Tomas Francis and Saracens back Williams will all remain eligible until their current contracts expire.

Biggar has 56 caps but he is likely to hit the 60-mark this season, with Wales having four autumn Tests and then a Six Nations campaign.

'This new policy is pretty much black and white, ' said head coach Warren Gatland.

"There is pressure on players to make what is the best decision for themselves and in the future".

"With the 60 caps, it's recognising players who've given a significant contribution to their regions and the national team". We have to recognise that.

"Part of the criteria is a desire to have five competitive entities - the national team and four competitive regions". There are market forces outside of Wales.

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