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Bath confirm Wales's Taulupe Faletau will join club next season

Bath announce that Taulupe Faletau will join the club from Newport Gwent Dragons next season.

Bath have confirmed that Wales back-row Taulupe Faletau will join the club from Newport Gwent Dragons next season.

The 24-year-old, who has made 52 international appearances for Wales, will end a six-year spell with the Dragons.

Faletau, who has reached a World Cup quarter-final and semi-final in his career, will join Bath having won three Six Nations titles.

"The way Bath approach the game suits my style of play, which was a big factor in me wanting to join," Faletau told the club's official website. "The opportunity to work with Darren [Edwards] again after doing so with Wales Under-20 and the Dragons was also too good to turn down. I'd like to thank Dragons for everything they've done for me in my career."

Head coach Mike Ford added: "When we talk about this club being ambitious, we're not just paying lip service; signing a player of Toby's calibre is evidence of that. He is a world-class player who never takes a backwards step and he will add competition to an equally fantastic back-row. We're continuing to build a formidable squad that will challenge for silverware for years to come."

Faletau was also part of a British and Irish Lions Test series win over Australia.


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