Faletau: “Dragons will always be special to me’

Date published: July 5 2016

NEWPORT, WALES - MARCH 27:  Dragons player Taulupe Faletau in action during the Guinness Pro 12 match between Newport Gwent Dragons and Edinburgh Rugby at Rodney Parade on March 27, 2016 in Newport, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau has opened up on his feelings after leaving Newport Gwent Dragons to join Bath for next season.

The Tongan born loose-forward says he is sad to leave the club that gave him so much but to improve as a player he needs to push himself in a new environment.

“To walk away from the Dragons was a difficult decision for me and my family because I’d been there for so long and because of the opportunities they gave me,” Faletau told Rugby World magazine.

“They’ll always have a special place in my heart. But I’m looking forward to linking up with the squad at Bath and hopefully it’ll take my game forward.”

“Bath is a good fit. I’ve been with the Dragons throughout my career, so I’ll get out of my comfort zone.”

“It’ll be good to get in amongst other players and learn from them.”

Faletau added that he’s delighted to play with South African flanker Francois Louw and the big back-row believes he can learn a lot from the Bath talisman.

“Francois Louw is one of the top open-sides out there and I’m looking forward to playing alongside him and learning from his experiences,” he added.

“It’ll be a good challenge to play in that league because there is a big game every week. The move should benefit my rugby.