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Taulupe Faletau To Turn Down Contract Offer From Bath [Report]

Taulupe Faletau has one year left remaining on his current deal with Bath which will see him play at the Rec until the end of the 2018/2019 season. 

His future after that remains unclear with there being no indication up until this point as to whether the British and Irish Lion will remain with the Aviva Premiership side.

With many players making a return to Wales, such as George North and Ross Moriarty, it will be interesting to see whether Faletau will follow suit.

A report in Wales Online understands that Faletau has, in fact, turned down a contract extension from Bath, which means that he is keen to play his rugby elsewhere after the 2018/2019 season is finished.

It is understood that Bernard Jackman’s Dragons were keen to get Faletau back to Rodney Parade at the end of this season, but were put off by the £500,000 price tag.

The Dragons will have first priority on speaking with Faletau about a potential move back to Wales considering it is his region of origin. There is reportedly interest from the likes of Toulon and Toulouse for the 27-year-old’s signature so Jackman could well have a fight on his hands in secure what would be an incredible signing for the club.

Faletau has been named by Warren Gatland in the Welsh squad for the Six Nations but due to his current injury, he will likely only be available towards the end of the competition.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter