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Toulon have agreed to release Welsh scrum-half Rhys Webb from the final year of his contract, paving the way for the 31-cap international to return to Wales next summer.

The 31-year-old left Ospreys in 2018 to take up a lucrative contract with French giants Toulon, even though his tally of caps fell well short of the 60-cap threshold that the Welsh Rugby Union introduced into their selection policy during his negotiations.

The move cost Webb a place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup as he was ineligible for Warren Gatland’s squad, but there were difficulties much closer to home as his family failed to settle in the south of France, prompting their return to Wales earlier this year.

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As a result, Webb has asked to be released from the final year of his contract that was due to expire in 2022, a request which the Top 14 club has accepted.

“I would like to thank the club for the welcome and support it has given me since I joined last season,” Webb said in a statement. “It has been and remains an honour to play for this great club. I’ve loved all the time I’ve spent here and I would especially like to thank my teammates, coaches, supporters and all those who are now for me as family and friends for life. 

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