Hooper praise as Wales pick Faletau
Bath Rugby’s Taulupe Faletau has been included in Wayne Pivac’s 38-man Wales squad for the upcoming autumn campaign, which includes seven uncapped players.
Two uncapped forwards are named in hooker Sam Parry and back-row Josh Macleod, whilst five uncapped backs are included: Kieran Hardy, Callum Sheedy, Johnny Williams, Louis Rees-zammit and Ioan Lloyd.
Rugby World Cup squad members Tomas Francis, Rhys Patchell and Jonathan Davies, who all missed the Guinness Six Nations campaign earlier this year, return from injury to be included.
Wales will kick off their autumn fixtures with a friendly in Paris against France to prepare for their re-arranged Six Nations finale against Scotland at Parc y Scarlets.
Pivac’s squad will then take part in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup, kicking the tournament off on Friday, November 13th against Ireland in Dublin before fixtures against Georgia and England, as well as the tournament’s play-off final on December 5th.
Director of Rugby Stuart Hooper said: “Taulupe has now played a string of games and is loving the opportunity to play in our team.
“He’s a proven world class No. 8 and his call-up to the Wales squad again shows that. I look forward to seeing Toby in a red jersey and adding to his 76 caps.”