Wales no 8 Toby Faletau injured

Wales No 8 Toby Faletau with his arm in a sling. Photo: WalesOnline website.

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Toby Faletau has broken his arm, while Wales are waiting for news on injured flyhalf Gareth Anscombe.

Wales no 8 Toby Faletau injured

Wales No 8 Toby Faletau with his arm in a sling. Photo: WalesOnline website.

Veteran No 8 Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of Wales’ 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign after breaking his arm against Georgia in Nantes on Saturday. 

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STAR PLAYER RULED OUT

Wales were made to work hard for a bonus-point victory over Georgia on Saturday, but the victory came at a cost as they lost Faletau to a tournament-ending injury.

Faletau went off in the second half of the 43-19 win and Wales coach Warren Gatland confirmed after the match that the Test centurion had broken his arm, ruling him out of the World Cup playoffs.

“We’ve got to look at a replacement for Faletau, whether that is directly as a loose-forward replacement or whether we look at another position. We’ve got a few sore players, particularly in the backs, after today’s game.

“Toby’s (Faletau) broken his arm, so he will be out,” Gatland said.

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Faletau had started all four of Wales’ matches as the Dragons went unbeaten to finish first in Pool C, ahead of Fiji and Australia.

“We felt that he was starting to come back to his best,” Gatland said. “He was excellent last week in terms of his footwork and carrying and stuff, taking kick-offs and giving us some go-forward as well.

“It’s a big loss for us. We’ll just have to make a decision in terms of how we look at the balance of the back row going forward and in particular for next week.”

WALES SWEATING OVER TWO OTHER KEY PLAYERS

Wales also saw experienced playmaker Gareth Anscombe withdraw from the starting lineup after pulling up in the warm up, while fullback Liam Williams is also an injury concern.

“We’re going to assess Gareth over the next 72 hours. He’s pulled his groin very high up.

“Talking to the medics, he’s got a bit of power still in his leg which is a positive, it means it hasn’t fully come off the bone. We’ll probably know in the next 48-72 hours in terms of what we need to do with him, whether we have got time for him to recover or whether we need to make a replacement.

“If you do see Liam Williams on crutches, it’s not that he’s done anything significantly bad, he got a whack on the knee and the medics have, from a comfort perspective, just put him on some crutches.

“He probably won’t take a huge part in training in the early part of next week but hopefully he’ll be fit for the quarter-final.”

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Wales star Toby Faletau ruled out of RWC
Wales star Toby Faletau ruled out of RWC. Photo: Welsh Rugby Union.