Faletau contract ‘off the table’

Date published: May 7 2015

Taulupe Faletau will not be signing a national dual contract in the near future after he missed this year's deadline, according to Warren Gatland.

The 24-year-old British and Irish Lions number eight is being sought after by clubs away from Newport Gwent Dragons with his contract running out at the end of next season.

Faletau told the BBC on April 1 that a change in his agent had delayed him in signing a similar contract to Sam Warburton, Alun Wyn Jones and ten others to keep them in Wales.

The deals are funded 60 percent by the WRU and 40 percent by their region, with Gatland hinting that Faletau may be offered another one of the contracts next season.

"It was disappointing he didn't sign a national dual contract," Gatland told the BBC.

"He has another year left on his contract with the Dragons and there has been interest in him from other clubs in the UK.

"That's not to say there wouldn't be one [a dual contract] on offer to him for next season but it's off the table at the moment.