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Bath charged for releasing Faletau


  • 06 Dec 2017
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English club Bath have been charged with allegedly breaching competition approved policies after allowing Taulupe Faletau to play for Wales against the Boks last Saturday.

The allegation relates to the Premiership Rugby Board policy around international duty, and specifically Faletau being released outside the periods specified in World Rugby Regulation 9.

The match between Wales and South Africa was played outside the aforementioned international Test window, but upon request from the Welsh Rugby Union, Bath granted Faletau permission to remain with his national team to face the Springboks.

'Bath have seven days to respond to the allegation, and once that time has passed, Premiership Rugby will issue a further update. Premiership Rugby will make no further comment until that time,' read the official statement.

Springbok flank Francois Louw plays for the same English club, but the Springboks' management opted not to ask Bath to release him for national duty. Bath slumped to a 42-29 defeat against the Exeter Chiefs on Sunday. 

Photo: Kevin Barnes/Getty Images

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