Cardiff confirm signing of Wales and Lions star Faletau

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Wales and British & Irish Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau will play for Cardiff next season as he switches Bath for the Arms Park.

The soon-to-be 31-year-old will leave The Rec after five years, where he has played 64 times to-date, in order to return to Wales, linking up with Dai Young’s squad and becoming the second new signing announced after it was confirmed that Thomas Young would be making the move from Wasps.

Faletau started his career at the Dragons, playing 100 times for the Newport-based side before heading to Bath. He made his Wales debut in June 2011 and has gone on to win 86 caps so far, helping win a Grand Slam in 2012 and Six Nations titles in 2013 and 2021, winning five Lions test caps across the last three tours.

Speaking to Cardiff’s official website, he said, “I’m really looking forward to joining Cardiff next season. I’m excited about having a new challenge, working with Dai, and playing alongside some familiar faces.

“Playing international rugby is still something I have a lot of passion for and I hope that by playing well for Cardiff I’ll be able to continue to do that . I’ve enjoyed the last five years at Bath and I hope to finish this season off strongly. Then I am looking forward to coming back to Wales to play my rugby, and I know it will feel good to be back home.”

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