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Unlucky Faletau suffers Bad Break

Toby Faletau will miss the rest of Wales’ tour of Australia, after breaking a bone in his hand during Saturday’s first Test defeat in Brisbane.

The 21-year-old joins Jamie Roberts and Huw Bennett on the sidelines, and is replaced in the 34-man Wales squad by Gareth Delve, of the Melbourne Rebels, who won his last cap against Ireland, in March 2010.

Newport Gwent Dragons star, Faletau, will return to Wales and work on recovering from the injury so that he will be fit in time for the start of the Pro12 season, in September.
Faletau has represented his country on 18 occasions, since making his international debut against the Barbarians, 12 months ago.

There is some better news on two other injured players - George North and Scott Williams - who are expected to recover from their knocks in time for the second Test against the Wallabies, which takes place on 16th June.

Caretaker coach, Rob Howley, who has taken charge of the Wales team for this summer’s tour, as Warren Gatland broke both his heels while on holiday in New Zealand, earlier this year, will keep a close eye on North and Williams, as they step up their fitness levels.

North was replaced by James Hook after 31 minutes of Saturday's 27-19 defeat at the Suncorp Stadium because of a dead leg, while Williams needed stitches to a mouth wound, after a clash of heads with Australia hooker, Tatafu Polota-Nau, midway through the second half. The Scarlets centre was replaced with Ashley Beck.


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