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Six Nations: Rhys Webb inspired by former pupils at his Bridgend school

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Rhys Webb: Makes his first Wales start against France this Friday

Rhys Webb: Makes his first Wales start against France this Friday

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Rhys Webb is the latest in a long line of former pupils of Brynteg Comprehensive School to represent Wales at Test level.

The Ospreys scrum-half returns to the international fold on Friday following serious injury when Wales entertain France at the Millennium Stadium.

Webb replaces Mike Phillips, with the 25-year-old making his first start for his country following four appearances as a replacement.

Past pupils at his Bridgend school include JPR Williams, Rob Howley, Mike Hall, Gavin Henson and Dafydd James, while another is Nicole Cooke who is a former top cyclist having won the Olympic road race gold medal in 2008 - the same year that she was world champion.

Looking ahead to the France game Webb, talking about his school days, said: "There's a lot of internationals come from there.

"I think it's five or six British Lions as well. It is a pretty special school, really.

"You would be sitting in assembly and they have a wall of honour showing all the internationals.

"That has helped me along the way and hopefully I can get on the board one day.

"You've got the likes of Gavin Henson, JPR Williams and Rob Howley up there. The names are special. They are legends in the game, so it just drives you on.

"I am not quite sure if I'm up there yet. Obviously, the British Lions are the ones at the top but hopefully I can get on there now.

"I've been back to school a couple of times to see the teachers, and there are a few there that helped me along the way.

"I had a letter through the door of my hotel room off my headmaster this week, so it's good to see they are still thinking of me."

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