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Wales receive yet another massive injury setback

Taulupe Faletau playing for Bath

Taulupe Faletau will likely miss all of of his sides 2018 Six Nations campaign.

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Bath Rugby have today confirmed that Taulupe Faletau suffered a grade three medial knee ligament injury against Toulon on Saturday, which is likely to see the back rower sidelined for between 12 to 16 weeks.

Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, said: “We’re really disappointed for Taulupe – he’s been in great form this season, so it’s really unfortunate news. However, he’s in great hands with the medical team and we look forward to having him back on the pitch soon.

“These are opportunities where players can step up, and I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the way the likes of Paul Grant and Zach Mercer have performed over the last few weeks, and I’m sure they’ll continue to do so.”

Should he need surgery, that wold rule him out for 16 weeks and the entirety of the Six Nations.

Wales who will start the competition without Faletau’s fellow Lions teammates Sam Warburton and Jonathan Davies, will be concerned by the growing list of casualties.

Davies is out for the season, while Warburton has just had knee surgery and it is unclear when he will return.

 

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William 1 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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