Howley wants Ospreys’ Webb

Date published: November 4 2014

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley wants Rhys Webb to repeat his Ospreys form when he runs out for his country against Australia.

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley wants scrum-half Rhys Webb to back up his Ospreys form when he runs out for his country against Australia.

The impressive number nine, who has shone for his region in the PRO12 this season, has got the nod ahead of Mike Phillips for this week’s clash.

And former Lions and Wales great Howley hopes he can convert those Ospreys showings on to the international stage at the Millennium Stadium.

“It is always tight when you have a world-class player, a key player in our team, and you have got a player who is probably the in-form half-back in Wales who has been playing in a very fluid partnership with Dan (Biggar),” he told the South Wales Evening Post on the Webb-Phillips call.

“Their combination for the Ospreys has been a standout partnership in the Guinness (PRO12).

“The question for Rhys now is his ability is to step up against a southern hemisphere side with the speed of the game, speed of his decision-making and accuracy in his kicking game.

“Mike was outstanding in that second Test against South Africa (in June) and we are really fortunate in Wales that we have a lot of talent at scrum-half and when you have someone who is a world-class player who can come off the bench and have an influence on the game that puts us in a really good place, not only at nine, but in other positions.

“The strength of the depth that we have on the bench, three Lions, over 300 caps, will be a key part of the game on Saturday when we are playing against a southern-hemisphere side.”