Warren Gatland and Wales have received a huge blow with the news that Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Faletau suffered an injury to his clavicle (collarbone) in an “innocuous” training ground incident, the Welsh Rugby Union confirmed today.
“Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of Rugby World Cup contention due to a clavicle injury,” a WRU statement read.
“The injury was sustained in an innocuous training ground incident and will require surgery. A prognosis and return to play timeframe will be established after surgery. The Wales squad and management would like to wish Taulupe the very best with his recovery.”
Faletau’s injury frustrations continue as he missed the majority of the 2018/19 season after breaking his arm twice. As a result, he missed out on Wales’ Grand Slam-winning Six Nations campaign and their Autumn internationals.
The last of Faletau’s 72 caps came in March 2018.