Taulupe Faletau

Position: No 8
Honours: Wales (72 caps)
Date of birth: 12 November 1990
Birthplace: Tofoa, Tonga
Height: 187cm (6' 2")
Weight: 111kg (17st 7lb)
Minutes played160
Try assists0
Metres gained67
Turnovers won0
Turnovers conceded2
Lineouts Won0
Drop goals0
Yellow cards0
Red cards0

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Talupe Faletau joined Bath Rugby for the start of the 2016/17 season.

The British and Irish Lion moved to the West Country from Newport Gwent Dragons, the Welsh region for whom he made his professional debut in 2009. In 2011, he became the first Pacific Islander to play for Wales, having moved there from Tonga at the age of seven. He has since made 66 international 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.  

Faletau – who goes by the name ‘Toby’ – 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. 

Injury Update - Taulupe Faletau

1 August 2019

Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of Rugby World Cup contention due to a clavicle injury. The injury was sustained whilst training with Wales and will require surgery. The recovery timeframe will be determined post-surgery. Read more 

Faletau named in Wales training squad

30 April 2019

Bath Rugby's Taulupe Faletau has been named in Wales' 42-man training squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Read more 

Faletau scores as Lions level the series in dramatic style

3 July 2017

Bath Rugby’s Taulupe Faletau scored as the British and Irish Lions fought-back to a dramatic 24-21 victory over the 14-man All Blacks in Wellington, levelling the series and setting up a decisive final Test in Auckland. Read more 

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