Webb nears rugby return

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy is expecting scrum-half Rhys Webb to return to the rugby field against Newcastle on Saturday, January 21.

British and Irish Lions hopeful Webb has been out since he injured his right ankle whilst playing for Wales against Australia in November.

But in a boost Tandy has revealed that his scrum-half is progressing well in his recovery and could return for the Challenge Cup fixture.

"He's going to be coming back into units this week. It won't be heavy. We'll be building him up," Ospreys head coach Tandy told BBC Sport.

"We need to make sure that when Webby comes back in, we manage him, do it appropriately and make sure his condition is up and running, not that that will be an issue.

"We need to make sure he's physically right and ensure he's at the forefront of the decisions we make."

He added on Webb's eagerness to return to action: "I've no doubt he will be probably asking for selection sooner than he will get it.

"We're pretty comfortable with our number nines at the minute with Tom Habberfield and Brendon Leonard, but it's always great to see someone like Webby."