Originally born in Tonga, Faletau moved to Wales with his father, Tongan international Kuli Faletau, in 1998 as a 7 year old boy. Christened Talupe, Faletau broke onto the international stage at the 2011 Rugby World Cup with some stellar performances which earned him widespread praise amongst critics who initially claimed the Newport-Gwent Dragon was too inexperienced. His dynamic ball carrying and offensive defence has seen him establish himself as Wales' frontline number 8. On the back of Wales' grand slam season in 2013, Faletau was included in the Lions touring party. Few could argue that Faletau had been the form 8 in the Northern Hemisphere for months leading up to the tour.. His carrying in open field was been outstanding and this, allied with a steeliness in defence, saw the giant Welsh back-rower selected to start the third and final test against the Australians.