Wales and Ospreys star Webb signs new National Dual Contract


Scrum-half Rhys Webb is the latest player to have signed a new National Dual Contract (NDC) with Ospreys and Wales.

Webb was linked with a move away from his homeland after some impressive performances for club and country.

However, the 27-year-old has opted to stay put and put pen to paper on a new deal as he battles to return from a foot injury that ruled him out of the Rugby World Cup.

Webb said: "I'm over the moon to have been able to re-sign an NDC.

"With this security I can concentrate on my rehab without any distractions, knowing that I can put all my efforts into getting back out onto the pitch in the coming months and doing what I love doing the most, which is playing for the Ospreys.

"It's flattering to know that there's interest in me out there but this is my home region and I want to do all I can for the Ospreys, continuing to develop and, hopefully, play well enough to continue being selected for Wales."

Wales Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips said: "It is fantastic to see another Welsh international re-sign a National Dual Contract and commit their playing future to their region and in Wales.

"We are continuing to work closely with the regions to ensure our top players remain in Wales and the signing of Rhys is further evidence of this relationship working."

Webb, whose Ospreys and Wales team-mate Dan Biggar also signed a new NDC this month, was named the 2014-15 Pro12 Player of the Year after scoring 12 tries in 15 matches.