Rhys Webb plays down Lions talk as Wales prepare for Paris clash with France

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Scrum-half Rhys Webb can help push Wales into the world’s top four by plotting the defeat of France in Paris.

A Welsh win coupled with an Ireland defeat would push Wales into the top rank of teams for the all important 2019 World Cup draw in May but Webb is only too aware of the threat posed by France, who have their eyes on a win and a second-place finish in the tournament.

Both teams have sparked into life during the Six Nations Championship but also suffered setbacks, making this a tough result to call.

Webb’s play at scrum-half has been one of the brightest aspects of Welsh play and he is pushing hard for a key role on the summer British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

Webb said: “I appreciate these guys talking about me, but I have said from the beginning my focus is not on that (Lions), it is Wales, then Ospreys. I know what it is like to miss big tournaments, having missed the 2015 World Cup because of injury.

“People name their squads, but to be honest, I don’t take any notice. I look at the old (Lions) videos on Twitter and stuff, but that is as far as I go. You can’t look any further than a big game against France this weekend.”

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