Bath sign Newport Gwent Dragons forward Taulupe Faletau - Ruck

Bath sign Newport Gwent Dragons forward Taulupe Faletau

  • Wales back-rower Taulupe Faletau will join Bath at the end of the season
  • His move to the Aviva Premiership club was previously blocked by Warren Gatland
  • The Tonga-born 25-year-old has been capped 52 times by Wales
Taulupe Faletau will be joining Aviva Premiership Bath next season, the English club have confirmed.

The 24-year-old will leave the Dragons next summer, despite reports in some sections of the media that he was close to agreeing to stay at Rodney Parade.

“The way Bath approach the game suits my style of play, which was a big factor in me wanting to join,” said Faletau.

“The opportunity to work with Darren (Edwards, Bath Rugby First Team Coach) again after doing so with Wales U20 and the Dragons was also too good to turn down.

“I’d like to thank Dragons for everything they’ve done for me in my career.”

Bath head coach Mike Ford said: “When we talk about this club being ambitious, we’re not just paying lip service: signing a player of Toby’s calibre is evidence of that.

“He is a world-class player who never takes a backwards step and he will add competition to an equally fantastic back row.

“We’re continuing to build a formidable squad that will challenge for silverware for years to come.”