Webb shakes off marked man talk

Date published: February 25 2015

Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb has warned France that they will open holes for his team-mates should they attempt to target him in Paris on Saturday.

The free-scoring 26-year-old is a regular crosser for both the Ospreys and his country and it is thought that les Bleus may look to stifle him this weekend.

However, Webb was unmoved by such talk ahead of Saturday's key clash and shook off suggestions he could be a marked man at the Stade de France.

"They can try to, yeah," he joked to BBC Sport.

"If they're all going to keep an eye on me, then it's going to open holes for other players in the team."

Webb has scored two tries from two games so far in this year's Six Nations Championship but stressed he is quite content to turn provider in Paris.

"I'm happy to keep scoring. I'm just in the right place at the right time," he added.

"Hopefully it will be nice to pick one up this weekend, but I'm happy to put the boys into holes as well."

Webb continued: "The French are obviously a top quality side. They've got some exciting backs and a big pack, so you've got to be alert at all times.

"Depending with who they go with. Morgan Parra's a world-class scrum-half and I think he'll get the nod to start, then you've got the Toulon guy [Sebastien Tillous-Borde] who takes it on himself and backs his physicality.

"They've got the ability to keep it tight, but they can turn a switch and chuck the ball around.

"I know we haven't seen it yet [in this Six Nations], but they can be very dangerous when they do do it, so we have to prepare for both."