Wales waiting on Faletau fitness

Date published: January 23 2017

Wales are continuing to monitor Taulupe Faletau, with doubts remaining over whether he will be fit for the beginning of the Six Nations.

Faletau is recovering from a knee injury and faces a race against time to be cleared to take on Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on February 5.

Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde admits they don’t know if the 26-year-old will play in the Rome clash, telling BBC Sport: “He is progressing well and back running. It’s a bit too early to say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ for Italy.

“We have a good relationship with the Bath physios and it’s going in the right way and progressing well – everything is going in the right direction.

“It has been well documented and everyone knows his strengths, he’s world class.”

His club side Bath switch their focus to the Anglo-Welsh Cup this week but it’s unlikely Faletau will play in that game, according to McBryde.

“Not this weekend, that would be rushing things,” he said.

“We want to see how things go this week and next week make that decision closer to the time.

“Ideally it would be great to give him some game time before the following week.”