Knee injury rules Faletau out of Wales' Six Nations campaign
Wales star Taulupe Faletau looks set to miss most of this season's NatWest Six Nations after suffering a knee injury.
The powerful number eight, who has won 70 caps and featured on the last two British and Irish Lions tours, was hurt during Bath's European Champions Cup defeat against Toulon last Saturday.
Bath have now confirmed that Faletau suffered a grade three medial knee ligament injury, which is likely to see him sidelined for 12-16 weeks. It is understood that Faletau will see a specialist later this week to discover if surgery is required.
"We are really disappointed for Taulupe," Bath rugby director Todd Blackadder said.
"He's been in great form this season, so it's really unfortunate news.
"However, he is in great hands with the medical team, and we look forward to having him back on the pitch soon."
A 12-week absence would rule him out of Wales' first three Six Nations games against Scotland, England and Ireland.