RUMOUR | Taulupe Faletau could leave Bath this summer

The Ospreys are reportedly set to make an audacious attempt to bring Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau back to Wales.

Faletau signed a long-term deal with Bath in 2018, extending the arrangement he took up when moving from the Dragons two years earlier.

But The Rugby Paper report that the Welsh region are looking into the option of signing him.

Meanwhile, WalesOnline understands no contact has yet been made with the 29-year-old.

He became the first Pacific Islander to play for Wales, having moved there from Tonga at the age of seven. He has since made 88 Test appearances, during which time he has reached a Rugby World Cup semi-final and quarter-final, won three Six Nations Championship titles (including two Grand Slams) and a British and Irish Lions Test Series victory in Australia.  

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Faletau spent part of his education at Filton College, where he was spotted by Dragons as part of the Bristol Academy of Sport. One of the most exciting back row players in the world game, Faletau starred for Wales throughout their impressive 2015 Rugby World campaign. 

Despite an injury-disrupted 2016/17 season, the Welsh international ended the season in impressive form picking up the Premiership’s Player of the Month award for April. This was followed by a call-up for his second tour with the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand. 


LIST | Five senior Bath players set for exit in big overhaul

Bath Rugby are set for a significant overhaul of their playing squad that will end in at least five senior players leaving,  …

1. Josh Matavesi

The flying Fijian has made quite the impression after his mid-season switch from Newcastle Falcons to replace Jamie Roberts but Bath boss Stuart Hooper revealed he only has a contract at The Rec until the end of the season. Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam is known to be a huge fan of the player.

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