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Toby Faletau

Tangaki Taulupe Toby Faletau (born 12 November 1990) is a Welsh international rugby union player. The back row forward played for Cross Keys RFC before joining the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Dan Lydiate George North Sam Warburton Manu Tuilagi Leigh Halfpenny Warren Gatland Richard Hibbard Jonathan Davies Irish Lions Jamie Roberts Alun Wyn Jones Mike Phillips Ian Evans Justin Tipuric Adam Jones Sean Maitland Newport Gwent Dragons

Healey knows heehaw. 'Faletau was fabulous' I didn't know Toby was even playing today.
Toby Faletau is proper magic, but Genge in full flow is effectively a train.
Dan evans sam parry and toby faletau to name a few. Thanks enjoy your s…
.the place to watch the rugby tonight. Brian Carney & Toby Faletau will all be down there.
I added a video to a playlist Toby Faletau on Wales vs South Africa Rugby World Cup 2015
Faletau has to leave Dragons - Thomas: Newport Gwent Dragons had no choice but to seek permission to transfer number eight Toby Falet...
confirm Toby Faletau has handed in a transfer request. Club believed to have received a six-figure bid from a team
Newport Gwent Dragons have asked for permission from the WRU to sell Toby Faletau.
LATEST: Newport Gwent Dragons ask WRU for permission to sell Toby Faletau.
south Africa too strong for Wales. Thank u Wales and Toby Faletau
Toby Faletau got completely blown away in that ruck. . Heaslip wouldn't have.
Good luck Wales especially the players and Toby Faletau. Watching the game in the shadows of Rodney Parade
Hey he hasn't been called "Toby" Faletau in years, you daft racists.
Taulupe Faletau ought to know the Welsh national anthem by now. Only joking Toby!
You're telling me Toby Faletau DOESN'T know the words to our national anthem? Pfft.
Good night everyone. Time to sleep for today's rugby marathon. GO Manu Samoa. Go Toby Faletau & Wales.
We had a great time singing at yesterday whilst Dan Lydiate & Toby Faletau were there!
Toby faletau!! Great to meet you guys in the flesh. Awesomeness!!!
Apparently Toby Faletau knew my mam was 'Charlyanns Mam' today.
So Toby faletau is casually sat in asda cwmbran...
Bath wait on Wales coach Warren Gatland's blessing over Toby Faletau signing
Warren Gatland admits that Toby Faletau is close to signing for Bath...
Warren Gatland says Toby Faletau's potential move to Bath would not be a problem.
Wales ease way for Toby Faletau to join Bath Rugby if he wants to: Wales coach Warren Gatland has d...
Oh good weekend of rugby really!!! parisse, jerome kaino, thierry dusatoir, toby faletau, COURTNEY LAWES
[SPORT] England set their prime targets: Dylan Hartley has revealed that England are targeting Toby Faletau, R...
Six Nations 2014: Dylan Hartley warns Toby Faletau to be on red alert as England target Wales No 8 at Twickenham
England target Welsh ball carriers: Dylan Hartley has revealed that England are targeting Toby Faletau, Richard Hibbard and Jamie Rob...
Dylan Hartley reveals England will target Jamie Roberts, Toby Faletau and Richard Hibbard via
Wales and British and Irish Lions star Toby Faletau returns for the Newport Gwent Dragons' European clash
Best of the Weekend: Wales fall at the final hurdle December 2, 2013 Same old story for Wales Australia turned in one of the performances of their season, as they saw off the challenge of Wales at a packed Millennium Stadium, triumphing 30-26. Arguably the best test of the QBE Internationals, neutrals were treated to a ferocious and intense match, but ultimately the skill of Quade Cooper at fly half, and the tenacity of Australia at the breakdown, were enough to edge the result in their favour. George North, Toby Faletau, and Alun Wyn Jones in particular shone for Wales, but a combination of injuries and a resurgent Wallaby performance, meant that Wales are still left searching for that elusive win against one of the southern hemisphere’s ‘Big Three’. Wales have now lost 18 consecutive tests against the SANZAR nations, and turning their impressive Six Nations form into wins against these sides remains Warren Gatland’s biggest headache, as attentions turn inevitably towards the Rugby World Cup in 2 ...
Awkward moment when you watch scrum 5 see yourself playing rugby with Toby Faletau and Billy Vunipola when you were 10 and now work in Tesco
my dogs are called Jacob Marley and Toby Faletau oops
Boks' RWC plan for Lambie 2013-11-07 Cape Town - With an eye on the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer says he wants Patrick Lambie to be comfortable in two positions. Lambie has been picked at fullback for South Africa's Test against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, but Meyer said he will utilise the Sharks star at flyhalf as well during the year-end tour. "For a World Cup tournament you need players who are at home in more than one position," Meyer told Die Burger's website. "I don't want to give too much away, but Pat is good under the high ball and brings something different on attack. He will also play flyhalf," continued Meyer. After the Wales Test, the Boks also face Scotland (November 17, Edinburgh) and France (November 23, Paris). Saturday's Test at the Millennium Stadium kicks off at 19:30 (SA time). Teams: Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), ...
Faletau plays down neck injury: Wales star Toby Faletau is hopeful he will be able to play in the autumn...
Toby Faletau and Alun Wyn Jones met fans at the WRU store on Westgate Street, Cardiff this week. WRU TV spoke to the two players.
Coach Lyn Jones says the Dragons have shown 'good intent' by securing a contract extension for Toby Faletau.
Gatland: Lions can roar again Warren Gatland: Turns attention backto coaching Wales Warren Gatland believes the British and Irish Lions will have what it takesto end a 42-year wait for a Test seriesvictory over New Zealand. This year's Lions squad are still celebrating a 2-1 success over Australia - their first Test series win since 1997 - achieved with a number of exciting young players playing crucial roles. Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Alex Corbisiero, Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau all shone and Gatland expects them to be the world-class talent at the heart of the 2017 touring squad. Asked if he thought the Lions could win in New Zealand, current Lions boss Gatland said: "Yes, I think if we get things right in terms of the preparation and stuff. "If you look at how young this squad is, a lot of them could be around in four years' time. "If they are playing well enough and you have got four more years' experience on some young heads, some young shoulders and they are in their late 20s, t ...
Gatland decisions vindicated By Reuters SYDNEY - A record third Test win provided emphatic vindication for British and Irish Lions' coach Warren Gatland's decision to rely on muscle to overcome Australia after enduring 72 hours of vilification for his team selections. The four tries that helped the Lions to a 41-16 win and a first test series triumph since 1997 put a considerable gloss on the result but there can have been few test victories more solidly built on the engine room of the pack. A Wallabies' scrum that had held their own in the tight first two tests were pulverised in the set-piece at the Olympic Stadium, conceding penalty after penalty as they crumbled before the red onslaught. In the breakdown and around the fringes, openside Sean O'Brien and number eight Toby Faletau - both brought into the beefed up pack for the decider - tackled like demons and crashed repeatedly into the home defence with ball in hand. Gatland had been subjected to a furious backlash for picking a starting team with 10 ...
Couldn't be more proud of the lions today. Absolutely immense. Three quarters Welsh or not, that game was amazing. Take a bow Warren Gatland, take a bow Leigh Halfpenny, take a bow Alun Wyn-Jones and definitely take a bow Toby Faletau! Class.
So, of the seven 'English' Lions in the squad, only four are English and two of them are Northern. (Corbisiero is American of Italian decent, Vunipola is a Kiwi and Tuilangi Samoan). The only good thing is Jonathan Davies born in Solihull to English parents who moved to Wales when he was young, George North born in Kings Lynn qualifies with Welsh mother, Dan Lydiate born in Salford and raised in Wales so with Toby Faletau who was born in Tonga the Welsh contingent quite reduced. the starting lineup is actually only 6 players from Wales, 3 from Ireland, 4 from England, 1 from Tonga, 1 from USA. Now that sounds better doesn't it?
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has sprung one of the great surprises in the tourists' history by dropping Brian O'Driscoll for Saturday's series decider against Australia. O'Driscoll was the favourite to lead the Lions in the final Test at Sydney's ANZ Stadium after Sam Warburton was ruled out with a hamstring injury, but instead he has been omitted from the 23 with Alun-Wyn Jones named captain. The O'Driscoll-Jonathan Davies midfield partnership used for the first two Tests has been broken up, with Jamie Roberts picked at inside centre following his return from a hamstring injury. Davies moves to outside centre while Sean O'Brien, Alex Corbisiero, Richard Hibbard, Toby Faletau and Mike Phillips are promoted to a starting XV showing six changes to the side beaten 16-15 in Melbourne. It is a radically altered team but the dominant talking point will be the decision to axe 2005 Lions captain O'Driscoll for the first time in his 14-year professional career. The conundrum facing Gatland was ...
Well bring on Manu Tuilagi and Toby Faletau in the next game
FULLTIME: Wallabies 16-15 British Lions. Deja vu last week it was Kurtley Beale with the kick to the win the game, and this time it was Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny with the chance to the win the series from 53 metres out. But his kick was short. Samoan Christian Lealiifano the hero for Australia with his late conversion to win the game. Series tied now 1-1 and decider in Sydney next weekend. Manu Tuilagi and Toby Faletau should be brought in for the 3rd test to add more go forward which was lacking for the Lions.
Add Mako Vunipola, Toby Faletau, Manu Tuilagi & Sean Maitland to the team next win & the will win. Honest.
If only Manu Tuilagi, Toby Faletau & Sean Maitland were apart of this..
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Why is Toby Faletau not in the test 23? Zebo deserves a place just for doing a loser sign above Tuilagi's head. George North should get fined for beating sam across the face with the lions paw. Who spammed Halfpenny?
Any quotes on players to be selected, yes/no, for the Lions 2nd test, on Ben Youngs, Ryan Grant and Toby Faletau please?
The British and Irish Lions warmed up for the second Test against Australia with an ultimately convincing victory over an outgunned Rebels side in Melbourne. Converted tries from Conor Murray and Sean Maitland in a patchy first half gave the tourists a 14-0 lead at the interval. The coaches said there are opportunities and places in the squad. The boys played out of their skin and have put their hands up” Sean O'Brien and Ben Youngs added further scores either side of a penalty try as the Lions pressed home their superiority. Keeping a game and committed Rebels side scoreless was a tribute to the Lions' second string in the final midweek match of the tour. Manu Tuilagi, O'Brien, Ian Evans, Richard Hibbard, captain Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau all put in impressive shifts in a last effort to force their way into Test contention. Whether any player did enough to play their way into the starting side on Saturday is debatable, although Tuilagi proved his trademark power was intact on his return from a shoul ...
Ben Youngs is knocking on the door of a test starting place along with Toby Faletau in my opinion
British & Irish Lions O’Connell ruled out of test series with broken arm Posted on Jun 24, 2013 | 0 comments O'connell Ireland lock Paul O’Connell has been ruled out of the rest of the test series with a broken arm. It is a huge blow for the tourists, who lose a priceless source of on-field leadership. O’Connell was set to feature in his eighth straight Lions test, but instead will watch from the stands. There is no plan to call up a replacement at this stage. Geoff Parling has been stood down from the Rebels match and is likely to take O’Connell’s place in the test side – Ian Evans comes into the line-up for Tuesday, with Tom Croft onto the bench. Flanker Dan Lydiate will captain the side. British and Irish Lions (revised) vs Melbourne Rebels: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Dan Lydiate (c), 5 Ian Evans, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Ryan Grant. Replacement ...
On the evidence of the first test, this is my Lions team for the second: 15-Leigh Halfpenny, 14-Alex Cuthbert, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Jamie Roberts, 11-George North, 10-Justin Tipuric, 9-Mike Phillips; 1- Gethin Jenkins, 2-Richard Hibbard, 3-Adam Jones, 4- Alun Wyn Jones, 5-Ian Evans , 6-Dan Lydiate, 7- Sam Warburton (capt), 8-Toby Faletau. I realise this selection will be contentious because of playing Tipuric out of position, but what other choice is there when Dan Biggar isn't in the squad?
same i think Toby Faletau missed out cos hes a carvery, and Cuthbolt is only playing because tommy bowe and black has lost ..
Alun Wyn Jones, Halfpenny, Croft deffo starters for the first test. Heaslip didn't have his best game. Toby Faletau fav for no.8
LUNCHTIME SPORTS UPDATE GAELIC GAMES Offaly's footballers will be without three key players for the upcoming qualifiers Johnny Maloney and Brian Connor are set to depart for America while surgery on a long standing shoulder injury will sideline Anton Sullivan for the rest of the summer Offaly lost by four points to Kildare last weekend and await the qualifier draw on Monday week RUGBY UNION Tommy Bowe is on the only Irish starter for Saturdays clash with Queensland Reds in Brisbane. Captain Sam Warburton makes his first appearance of the tour. Hogg is at full back with Cuthbert and Bowe on the wings and Tuilagi and Davies in the centre. Owen Farrell and Ben Youngs are the half backs. Gethin Jenkins , Tom Youngs and Matt Stevens are the front 3 while Richie Gray and Geoff Parling form the second row. Dan Lydiate , Sam Warburton and Toby Faletau are the back row. Paul O'Connell , Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton are on the bench. SOCCER Ahead of tomorrow's World Cup qualifier at home to Faroe Islands Irelan ...
Family ties and familiar foes: Toby Faletau joins the Lions pride: Charlie Morgan meets the unassuming Toby Fa...
Ian Evans, Alun Wyn Jones, Toby Flateu, Dan Lydiate, Toby Faletau, Justin Tipuric and Sam Warbutrton complete the Welsh forwards in the...
Today was amazing,was so close to meeting i'm so gutted :'( but i met Rhys Priestland and Toby Faletau instead
Getting accosted by cardiff fans who think Toby Faletau plays in the front row for the Blues has made my night.
Toby Faletau is definitely a shout for man of the match. Playing like a nutcase!!
Toby Faletau is the best number 8 in the British isles hands down.
George North nails the Dragons but they were missing Toby Faletau
Toby Faletau comes back on the field for the Dragons
Toby Faletau is yellow carded (18') - will be down a man for the next 10 minutes...
Feeling a dragons win today with and toby faletau back in the starting line up!
bruiser Toby Faletau has got his game face on
ooo i can see Dan lydiat and Toby faletau!!
The Dragons are strengthened by starts for Tom Prydie, Toby Faletau, Andrew Coombs and Dan Lydiate for Saturday's 'Judgement Day'
Same situation as Toby Faletau. Dragons however are not "selling" a transfer fee.
Awesome Six Nations link, its the tournament in LEGO [ Toby Faletau hair] brilliant!
The Scarlets considering a big offer for George North but the Dragons refuse to listen to bids to buy Toby Faletau out of his contract
Toby Faletau and Jamie Roberts are supporting the BUCS protest. Are you?
Toby Faletau is opening the new costs in festival park ebbw vale this morning! Pop in and join him for a coffee!
Toby Faletau will be among the guests honour at Friday’s opening of a brand new store at Ebbw Vale!
Toby Faletau braced for family affair with England's Mako Vunipola - Rugby News - Rugby from
Wales recall Sam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones Wales have made three changes for their Six Nations trip to Scotland including the return of Sam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones. Warburton and Jones take over from Justin Tipuric and Andrew Coombs respectively. Paul James is named at loose-head prop for the injured Gethin Jenkins , who has not recovered from a calf problem. Ryan Jones is Captain Four changes on the bench from Rome see Ospreys prop Ryan Bevington come in for James and Ryan Bevington replace Craig Mitchell, with Coombs and Tipuric swapping places with Jones and Warburton. Wales: Leigh Halfpenny (Blues); Alex Cuthbert (Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Blues), George North (Scarlets), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Bayonne); Paul James (Bath), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Ryan Jones (capt, Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Blues)Toby Faletau (Dragons). Replacements: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Scott Andrews (Blues), Ryan Bev ...
Newport Gwent Dragons the Region from the East of Wales, the Region that produced Toby Faletau, Andrew Coombs, come support us Friday !
New caricatures in sketch stage new Sam Warburton,Toby Faletau, Leigh Halfpenny,George North and new Adam Jones, watch this space
best 8th man in the world? Daune Verleumen, Piere Spies, Kieran Read, Sergio Parisse, Jamie Heaslip, Lobbe, Palu or Toby Faletau?
Toby Faletau is as Welsh as Manu Tuilagi is English. Why don't they pull Samoa islands closer to UK.
y'know Toby Faletau weighs more than Jamie Heaslip and hes only 2 inches shorter
Toby Faletau: as archetypal a name to Wales as Manu Tuilagi is to England.
Six Nations preview; Wales v Ireland Wales captain Sam Warburton has held off the challenge of Justin Tipuric and will line-up in his usual openside flanker berth against Ireland on Saturday. Speculation had been rife that Warburton’s position was under-threat and that he may be moved across the back-row to the blinside as a result of Tipuric’s outstanding form and an injury to first choice No.6 Dan Lydiate. But caretaker coach Rob Howley has kept faith with Warburton and Tipuric will start on the bench with Aaron Shingler and Toby Faletau set to pack down at blindside and No.8 respectively. Elsewhere, Dragons lock Andrew Coombs is set to make his Test debut with Wales battling an injury crisis that has sidelined Alun Wyn Jones, Luke Charteris and Bradley Davies. As a result, Coombs will partner Ian Evans in the second row while Adam Jones returns at tight-head prop after missing the autumn whitewash with a knee injury. Dan Biggar gets the nod ahead of James Hook at fly-half with Rhy Priestland also o ...
Remember that Wales stars Toby Faletau, Jonathan Davies and Ryan Jones will be in the WRU Store, Westgate Street, Cardiff TODAY between 3pm-5pm to sign autographs and have photos!
The Xmas rumour mill is hotting up.Bath said to be interested in Dragons No 8 Toby Faletau (Rugby World article)
Lewis Evans, Nic Cudd, Toby Faletau. That's a *** of a back row for Dragons v Blues.
Warburton a big fan of Faletau: Wales captain Sam Warburton has described his World Cup team-mate Toby Faletau as an...
Sam Warburton, Gethin Jenkins, Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips, George North, Toby Faletau .time to pull your finger out guys
Although I'm a big Toby Faletau fan, I don't think Ryan Jones starting is a bad thing for Wales by any stretch.
RuckMe: Four tweaks from Wales: Rob Howley has named Ryan Jones as Toby Faletau's replacement number eight as th...
Big thank you to Toby Faletau and the many other Welsh squad members who supported the fundraising event
Good to see the return of Phil Davies at Cardiff Blues, the man who was initially blind to the talent of Toby Faletau with Wales U20s...
Gallery: The Queen meets Toby Faletau, Dan Lydiate and Ryan Jones, members of the Grand Slam-winning Welsh rugby...
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