Injury scare for Wales with Faletau leaving the field early in Bath's victory

Injury scare for Wales with Faletau leaving the field early in Bath's victory

Welsh fans would have had their heads in their hands as Taulupe Faletau took a heavy knock in the final moments of Bath's final Premiership game before the Six Nations.

However, Bath Rugby director of rugby Stuart Hooper quickly played down the initial injury fears and the Welsh no.8 appeared for press duties after the match battered but intact.

The number eight returned from training with Wales this week ahead of the Six Nations to take his place at the back of the scrum for the Blue, Black and Whites as they beat Leicester Tigers 13-10 at home the Premiership.

With around four minutes to go Faletau ran into two Leicester men and appeared to be significant pain after coming off second best.

A Bath medic ran on to give him treatment but he got back to his feet slowly. Faletau appeared to be in some discomfort.

Faletau only returned from a fractured collarbone at the end of December after three injury hit years which included a twice broken forearm. 

Stuart Hooper said this to the press after the game: “Toby is fine, he had a couple of bumps and bruises.

“He had literally put his body on the line for 80 minutes so he was exhausted.

“It is the measure of the man [that he rejoined the defensive line after getting injured], he wants to do well for the team.

“All the boys out there were playing with Roko in his 150th game and Taulupe none more so than that. He was a bit beaten up but he got up and went again.”

Faletau ended: “It is nothing too serious and I should be able to report back to Wales next week.

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