Faletau going nowhere

Date published: March 26 2015

Newport Gwent Dragons chairman Chris Kirwan has rejected claims that Taulupe Faletau could be on the move to Bath.

The Wales and Lions number eight has been tipped to join the Premiership side on a transfer fee at the end of this season, despite having a year to run on his contract.

Faletau was previously linked with a move to Bath back in 2013 before signing a contract extension with the Welsh region. He would seem to be a prime contender for one of the new National Dual Contracts introducted by the WRU to keep top talent playing in Wales.

"We know nothing about any move and have had no contact from Bath or Toby or his agent," Kirwan told the South Wales Argus.

"Toby is with us. He is our player. He is staying with us.

"He is under contract for another year and we would like him to stay longer as he is our only player in the Wales squad at the moment."

Kirwan added that the interest wasn't a surprise, adding that he would speak to Faletau in the next few days.

"I am not surprised that there is interest from Bath or any other leading club such is the quality of Toby," added Kirwan.

"He is a name that is known across the world when it comes to international players so of course he is going to be of interest elsewhere.

"What I can say is that we are extremely keen to keep him and it is my understanding that Toby is very happy at the Dragons and that the reason he hasn't signed is nothing to do with any issue at the Dragons.

"Once I've spoken to Toby some more I will understand a little more but what I can assure Dragons fans is that he is not someone that we want to lose."