Faletau boost for Wales

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:23
Large tobyfaletau

Newport Gwent Dragons No. 8 Toby Faletau's return to form will provide a welcome boost to Wales following the loss of Dan Lydiate.

Newport Gwent Dragons No.8 Toby Faletau's return to form will provide a welcome boost to Wales following the loss of Dan Lydiate.

Faletau struggled during the opening weeks of the season and was criticised by Darren Edwards for his below par performances.

But Edwards has a hailed the Wales No.8 for his display against Edinburgh on Friday - the same game in which Lydiate fractured his ankle.

"I thought Toby was outstanding," said Edwards.

"That was the best game I've ever seen him play for the Dragons in the contact area.

"And attitude-wise, there were some amazing cover-back tackles from him.

"Some of his shots, the collisions were outstanding. He was really good.

"What you are seeing is a 21-year-old really becoming a force. His game is coming together really well.

"We could do with Toby firing on all cylinders and, with Dan out, there's another element to his game now that we need to happen.

"I think he's up for the challenge."

Edwards has also paid tribute to Faletau's attitude in training following a delayed start to pre-season training following the hand injury he suffered in Wales’ tour of Australia.

"He had a delayed start to pre-season and it was a bit of catch-up at the start," added Edwards.

"He only had 20 minutes in one pre-season friendly.

"It's pleasing for me to see Toby playing so well now. You sometimes forget he is only 21.

"He's up there in that world scene, which is great, but there's so much more to come from him, in a good way.

"The guy's attitude is fantastic and there's so much in him to come out. So it's great for us and Wales."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Thu, 11 February 2016
Dragons v Connacht 19h30 Rodney Parade
Fri, 12 February 2016
Leinster v Zebre 19h30 RDS Arena
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h30 Kingspan Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers 19h45 Kingston Park
Scarlets v Edinburgh 20h15 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 13 February 2016
Treviso v Cardiff Blues 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
France v Ireland 14h25 Paris
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Worcester Warriors v Bath 15h00 Sixways
Northampton Saints v London Irish 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Wales v Scotland 16h50 Cardiff
Sun, 14 February 2016
Italy v England 14h00 Rome
Saracens v Wasps 16h00 Allianz Park
Munster v Ospreys 17h00 Irish Independent Park
Mon, 15 February 2016
NMMU-Madibaz v Maties 14h45 Port Elizabeth
UP-Tuks v Shimlas 16h30 Pretoria
TUT v UWC 16h30 Pretoria
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16h30 Pietermaritzburg
CUT-Ixias v UCT-Ikeys 16h30 Bloemfontein
NWU-Pukke v UJ 17h00 Potchefstroom
PRO12
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Ulster 13 8 0 5 41
Scarlets 13 9 0 4 40
Connacht 13 8 0 5 40
Leinster 12 9 0 3 39
Edinburgh 13 8 0 5 37
Munster 12 8 0 4 36
Ospreys 13 6 1 6 30
Glasgow Warriors 11 5 1 5 29
Cardiff Blues 12 5 0 7 27
Dragons 13 4 0 9 21
Zebre 12 4 0 8 18
Treviso 12 0 0 12 7