Taulupe Faletau

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Taulupe Faletau
Toby Faletau. Wales Grand Slam Celebration, Senedd 19 March 2012.jpg
Full nameTangaki Taulupe Faletau
Date of birth(1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 23)
Place of birthTofua, Tonga
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
SchoolTrevethin Community School
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
Rugby union career
Playing career
PositionNumber 8, Flanker
Amateur clubs
YearsClub / team
New Panteg RFC
Professional / senior clubs
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
2009–Newport Gwent Dragons70(45)
National team(s)
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
2011–
2013
Wales
British and Irish Lions
36
1
(20)
0
correct as of 22 Jun 2014.
 
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Taulupe Faletau
Toby Faletau. Wales Grand Slam Celebration, Senedd 19 March 2012.jpg
Full nameTangaki Taulupe Faletau
Date of birth(1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 23)
Place of birthTofua, Tonga
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
SchoolTrevethin Community School
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
Rugby union career
Playing career
PositionNumber 8, Flanker
Amateur clubs
YearsClub / team
New Panteg RFC
Professional / senior clubs
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
2009–Newport Gwent Dragons70(45)
National team(s)
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
2011–
2013
Wales
British and Irish Lions
36
1
(20)
0
correct as of 22 Jun 2014.

Tangaki Taulupe "Toby" Faletau (born 12 November 1990) is a Welsh international rugby union player. The back row forward played for Cross Keys RFC before joining the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Early life[edit]

Faletau was born in Tofoa, Tonga, to Tongan international Kuli Faletau, who represented Tonga at the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Kuli moved to Wales in 1998 to join Ebbw Vale, taking a seven-year-old Taulupe with him.[1] He attended Trevethin Community School until 2007, then attended Filton College (now part of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) as part of the college's successful rugby academy and received player of the year during his time at the college.

Early career[edit]

Faletau spent his early years in Wales playing for Ebbw Vale RFC and New Panteg RFC juniors, until youth level where he moved to Filton College, Bristol, to experience the English game. Prior to his move across the border, he had suffered several setbacks from both the Gwent District organisation and the Newport Gwent Dragons Regional.

Faletau made his debut for the Newport Gwent Dragons senior team 1 November 2009 versus Edinburgh.

On 22 December 2009 he was named in the Wales Under 20 Squad for the 2010 Under-20 Six Nations tournament.[2] In May 2010 he was selected in the Wales Under 20 Squad for the Junior World Cup in Argentina in June 2010.[3]

Wales[edit]

He was called up to the Wales senior squad on 1 November 2010 following the withdrawal of Ryan Jones and Rob McCusker. In January 2011 he was included in the Wales national rugby union team squad for the 2011 Six Nations Championship.[4] He made his full international debut for Wales versus the Barbarians on 4 June 2011.

In August 2011 he was named in the Wales squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.[5] On 11 September 2011 he made his World Cup debut for Wales against South Africa, scoring his first international try in the second half, adding another in the game against Namibia. He finished the tournament as the top tackler and ball carrier, the first time a single player has ever topped both tables. He was the only player to start all seven of Wales' games.

He then appeared in all five matches of Wales' Grand Slam-winning 2012 Six Nations Championship campaign, excelling throughout the championship and making many pundits team of the tournament. He also played all five games in Wales 2013 Six Nations Championship victory including the 30–3 win over England in the final match.

In April 2013 Faletau was named in the squad for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.[6] After failing to feature in the first two tests, Faletau was named at number 8 in the final test ahead of Jamie Heaslip. The Welshman was impressive, as the Lions beat Australia 41–16 securing their first test series win since 1997. During the same summer it was announced that Faletau had signed a new three-year deal to remain at the Dragons region until 2016.

Faletau continued to represent Wales in the November 2013 autumn international series, scoring his third test try against Argentina in a man of the match performance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shuttleworth, Peter (1 February 2012). "Six Nations: Family fortune for Faletau favours Wales". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Faletau is honoured by Wales call-up". BBC Sport. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dragons' Dan Watchurst to lead Wales U20s in Argentina". BBC Sport. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Martyn Williams omitted from Wales Six Nations squad". BBC Sport. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wales 2011 Rugby World Cup squad". BBC Sport. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "2013 Lions Squad". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 

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