Dragons 'very disappointed' with WRU over Faletau's Bath move

Dragons 'very disappointed' with WRU over Faletau's Bath move

(Reuters) – Newport Gwent Dragons are "very disappointed" with the Welsh Rugby Union's (WRU) failure to pay extra to assist keep Taulupe Faletau, who will move to Premiership side Bath next summer, chairman Martyn Hazell has said.

Faletau, who refused to sign a national dual contract last season, tried to join Bath after the World Cup, only for the move to be blocked by Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

The back-rower then agreed terms with the Dragons yet announced he will join Bath next summer after talks with the WRU broke down.

"I am very disappointed at the WRU. We had agreed a new contract with Taulupe & he was pleased to stay with us," Hazell was quoted as saying by British media.

"It required the union to come up with more money & they wouldn't. I don't blame him for moving to Bath.

"We have been turned over by our own union. This affair has cost us 400,000 pounds in the transfer fee from Bath, who throughout all this have been excellent, & in wages.

"We will now receive nothing when Taulupe leaves us at the end of the season at the end of his contract, & the WRU will not donate us any compensation."

(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

Source: “Reuters”