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Faletau is confident over Wales' future


By Andrew Baldock

Taulupe Faletau believes there is "definitely more to come" from Wales after they secured the runners-up spot in this season's NatWest 6 Nations Championship.

A 14-13 victory over France in Cardiff - Wales' sixth in the last seven games against Les Bleus - confirmed second place behind runaway champions Ireland.

Attention will soon switch to an appointment with South Africa in Washington on June 2, which is followed by a two-Test Argentina tour as Wales' 2019 World Cup preparations and the ongoing work of building squad depth continue.

Wales did not trouble France by scoring a point after the 30th minute, but wing Liam Williams' try and three Leigh Halfpenny penalties proved enough to see them home.

It also confirmed a reasonable Six Nations campaign, especially as British and Irish Lions stars Sam Warburton, Jonathan Davies and Rhys Webb were among those absent injured for the whole tournament.

"We were happy to win ugly," Wales number eight Faletau said. "It was not pretty out there, and to come away with a win was a positive. They were pretty good at what they were doing and pretty effective. We couldn't get going.

"We knew they were a threat in the contact area, and we didn't quite deal with that as we wanted, so I guess it is an area for improvement we need to look at.

"There is definitely more to come. We are seeing phases of it, and it has been great to watch, but to move it on to another level is about doing it for 80 minutes rather than patches."

Faletau is likely to be among a number of senior players, including captain Alun Wyn Jones, rested for the summer Tests, but he added: "I guess for me, it is not about putting my feet up, it is a chance to get a full pre-season, which is not always the case.

"It will be great to do a full pre-season and go into next season flying."

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