Taulupe Faletau has made this clear that he will play for Wales on this weekend and not for the Bath Rugby.
The club faces a fine from Premiership Rugby, which include point deduction, for releasing the eight number players to play in an international match outside the autumn window.
The chronicle understands Taulupe joined from Newport Gwent Dragons in the 2016 summer on the basis now he would be available to play matches in all of Wales’ future Test matches.
After this, Bath Rugby released a statement and said “We are continuing our support to the objective of resolving the club as well as the international calendar for the benefit of players, unions and, which would prevent this in the future from being an issue.”
The Premiership Rugby has a policy that restricts clubs from releasing a non-England player for Tests outside the official windows all through the year.
The spokesperson of premier league said on this “The policy of the Premiership Rugby clubs on not restricting non-England players under World Rugby’s Regulation nine, is still in place,”
Four years ago, a similar incident happened and the Northampton Saints club was fined £60,000. It was for the release of winger George North, to play for Wales. However, according to the club this fine was justified as it covered the amount of contract that North was supposed to get from the club for being with it. But, the case of Faletau is completely different from him.
For release of Faletau the club has been fined, however, Faletau have made no serious comment on this. It seems he is more happy playing for the Welsh and do not bother about the fine. We are looking forward to see the game of him with the new team.