Any hopes that Taulupe Faletau would return to one of the Welsh regions when his contract expires at Bath have been dashed as the English club have confirmed that the British and Irish Lions has extended his contract.
Many Welsh players are set to return to one of the regions next season – Ross Moriarty will be lining out for the Dragons and George North will be playing for the Ospreys.
However, Faletau, whose contract expires at the end of next season will extend his stay with Todd Blackadder’s side.
Faletau has been with Bath since the beginning of the 2016/17 season but has only made 29 appearances as he has suffered from multiple knee injuries.
However, that hasn’t stopped Bath from securing him to a new long-term contract.
Faletau said: “I’m delighted to extend my contract at Bath. I feel my best years are still ahead of me, and this is the place I want to play, develop and win trophies.
“I have a great relationship with Todd and the coaching team and believe in their long-term vision. I also believe in the squad we have and that we can achieve our goals.”
Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, added: “Toby is one of the most admired players in world rugby, and he has shown that not only in a Bath shirt, but for Wales and on his two tours with the British & Irish Lions. This is great news for the Club in that Toby recognises that Bath is the place where he can best achieve his goals, which is ultimately challenging for the major trophies.
“We are committed to retaining our best players and Toby falls into this category, so we’re really pleased to have secured his long-term future at the Club.”