Wales and Bath have suffered a major blow with Bath confirming that Taulupe Faletau has broken his arm.

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The backrow picked up the injury in Bath’s 39-24 Gallagher Premiership defeat to Exeter Chiefs last Friday.

In a short statement Bath said “Bath Rugby can confirm that Taulupe Faletau broke his arm during last week’s Gallagher Premiership fixture against Exeter Chiefs. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

No time frame has been given on the 27-year-old’s expected return but the injury will likely rule him out of Wales’ November internationals. Their first match is against Scotland on November 3rd, with Australia, Tonga and South Africa following on consecutive weekends.

Bath begin their Champions Cup campaign against Toulouse at the Rec on Saturday and it looks like England hopeful Zach Mercer will have an extended run in the team at number 8 in Faletau’s absence.

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