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Taulupe Faletau ruled out of Rugby World Cup

Wales have suffered a big injury blow ahead of the World Cup with flanker Taulupe Faletau ruled out of the entire tournament with a collarbone problem.

The Welsh Rugby Union says it was sustained in an "innocuous training ground incident" - and will need surgery.

In a statement, the WRU said: "Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of Rugby World Cup contention due to a clavicle injury.

"The injury was sustained in an innocuous training ground incident and will require surgery. A prognosis and return to play time-frame will be established after surgery.

"The Wales squad and management would like to wish Taulupe the very best with his recovery."

Faletau fractured his arm twice last season and hasn't played for his country since March 2018.

Bath's director of rugby Stuart Hooper says they're disappointed to see the Flanker suffer another injury.

"Any time a player misses out on a major competition is hugely disappointing.

"We are all feeling the impact of this news, especially as it follows a number of unfortunate and frustrating injuries for him.

"We will plan and support Toby's recovery, making sure it is the very best for him, in order to maximise his successful return to the game."

Warren Gatland's options for the back-row are strong in Faletau's absence with Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric and Aaron Wainwright all part of their training squad.

 

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