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Faletau remains focused

Toby Faletau readily deflected praise in other directions after another strong individual display helped Wales claim a record World Cup win at the expense of hapless Namibia.

The Newport Gwent Dragons number eight scored one of Wales' 12 tries as they cruised home 81-7 at Stadium Taranaki to remain firmly on course for a quarter-final place.

But despite emerging as a star performer of Wales' World Cup campaign, the 20-year-old said: "You cannot take anything for granted. You just have to train hard and try to play well. There is competition throughout the side, and some of the boys that started (against Namibia) stepped up."

Faletau is among only four players who have started all Wales' Pool D games so far, although coach Warren Gatland was able to ring the changes during a second half when his team scored 59 points.

"I am happy to play through every game if that's what they want," Faletau added.

"You don't get to play in World Cups much.

"A number of things we tried came off, but we still have areas to work on.

"Fiji (Wales' next opponents) always chuck the ball around, so that will be a threat we will have to keep an eye on."


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