Lions 2017: Bath boss BACKS Taulupe Faletau for Lions

Lions 2017: Bath boss BACKS Taulupe Faletau for British & Irish Lions

  • Taulupe Faletau is “back in the groove” according to his director of rugby Todd Blackadder
  • The back-rower has endured a fitful season because of injury,
  • Faletau started for the Lions in the decisive Test against Australia in 2013
Taulupe Faletau is getting back to his best and is set to tour with the British and Irish Lions this summer, according to his club boss Todd Blackadder.

“I think he’s one of the best number eights in the world,” Blackadder said.

“I think he will be a Lion, I really do.”

“You can feel the switch has been flicked and we are only going to see fantastic rugby from him.”

Faletau returned from his second knee injury of the season in the 2017 Six Nations, but was unable to oust Ross Moriarty from the starting back row.

“I think he has had a tough year to be honest,” Blackadder said.

“Things haven’t quite gone his way. When he did play for us we weren’t exactly firing, and then him getting his injury and not getting a lot of time for Wales.

“But I thought there was a mindset shift last week. He looked like he was back in the groove.”

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