Ospreys scrum-half Rhys Webb has been pulled out of the PRO12 semi-final with Munster this evening. The New Zealand-bound Lion was due to start for the Welsh outfit, but has sustained a groin-injury.
Scrum-half Rhys Webb pulls out of Ospreys’ side to face Munster in Pro12 semi-final with groin injury. Brendon Leonard starts in his place pic.twitter.com/nF9WYLJQJ1
— BBC Wales Sport (@BBCWalesSport) May 20, 2017
This comes as a boost to the home side, who are aiming to cap a promising season with a trophy.
Last night, Leinster were shocked by a tremendous Scarlets display, and the southern province will be eager to avoid a similar fate.
Webb’s injury is now a major blow to Ospreys who are keen to make next week’s final an all-Welsh affair.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed a marvellous season, gaining plaudits from all quarters. This is a big blow for fans hoping to see a personal duel between the two front-runners to start at scrum-half for the Lions. The last time Conor Murray shared the field with Webb, it was the Welshman who came out on top, as Wales beat Ireland in the Six Nations.
Warren Gatland will also be concerned about the wellbeing of Webb ahead of the New Zealand tour.