Webb should be fit to face Connacht

Rhys Webb

Rhys Webb has scored five tries in 16 appearances for Wales

Ospreys are hopeful Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb will be fit for the trip to Connacht on 27 February.

Webb missed the 27-13 win over Edinburgh after suffering a concussion against Munster.

That was the scrum-half’s first game since recovering from a leg injury suffered in September 2015.

“You’ve got to put the player at the centre of this, but hopefully he’ll be available next week. It’s looking positive,” said coach Steve Tandy.

“It’s great to have a player like him and we’ll do what’s best for the Ospreys and Wales.

“But Rhys will know he needs minutes (on the field) and the Welsh camp will understand that as well.”

Webb suffered his injury playing for Wales against Italy in a warm-up game before the Rugby World Cup.

He made a big impression when introduced as a second-half substitute against Munster, but had to leave the field after a clash of heads.

Webb is unlikely to be called up for the national team before having more game time – a fact confirmed by Wales kicking coach Neil Jenkins in a media conference on 16 February.


Dan Lydiate has not played a full game in 2016

Lydiate benefits from game time

However, Wales blindside Dan Lydiate came through his first Ospreys start since New Year’s Day following two substitute appearances for Wales against Ireland and Scotland.

The 2013 British and Irish Lion was released by Wales coach Warren Gatland and is expected to contest a starting place against France with fellow Osprey Justin Tipuric, who was not released to play.

Tandy believes the match time has benefitted Lydiate.

“It’s good to see him back up and running, I thought his work-rate was really good,” said Tandy.

“It’s good for him to get some minutes in and contribute to a positive win.”

Wales players James King and Aaron Jarvis also had valuable game-time after missing out on Six Nations match-day squads.

The win over Edinburgh lifted Ospreys into the top six in the Pro12 for the first time this season as the region continue to repair the damage done by a disastrous start to their campaign.

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