Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau extends stay in Bath with new long-term deal.
Bath Rugby have announced the re-signing of Wales and British and Irish Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau on a new long-term deal.
Since arriving from Welsh outfit the Dragons at the start of the 2016/17 season, the 27-year-old has made 29 appearances in the Blue, Black and White.
The 72-times capped Welsh international has quelled rumours of a return to the Pro14, with many suggesting the Tongan-born backrower would return to the Dragons, following fellow Welshmen Ross Moriarty and Richard Hibbard from the West Country.
Faletau said: “I'm delighted to extend my contract at Bath. I feel my best years are still ahead of me, and this is the place I want to play, develop and win trophies.
“I have a great relationship with Todd and the coaching team and believe in their long-term vision. I also believe in the squad we have and that we can achieve our goals.”
Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, added: “Toby is one of the most admired players in world rugby, and he has shown that not only in a Bath shirt, but for Wales and on his two tours with the British & Irish Lions. This is great news for the Club in that Toby recognises that Bath is the place where he can best achieve his goals, which is ultimately challenging for the major trophies.
“We are committed to retaining our best players and Toby falls into this category, so we’re really pleased to have secured his long-term future at the Club.”