Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Taulupe Faletau: Warren Gatland blocks transfer to Bath

Wales coach Warren Gatland has blocked Taulupe Faletau's proposed move from Newport Gwent Dragons to Bath.

The Dragons had sought to release the the 24-year-old forward, whose contract runs out in the summer of 2016.

Under the funding agreement for Welsh domestic rugby, Gatland has to sanction international players moving outside Wales.
A Welsh Rugby Union statement said they were committed to keeping the best players in the country.

The Dragons, meanwhile, said the decision was "disappointing".

WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said: "Although there are circumstances under which moves out of Wales by experienced players can be sanctioned, Taulupe's status as a player and importance as a role model means we would like him to be playing his rugby here."

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