(Reuters) – Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of the Six Nations Championship because he needs another operation on his fractured arm, his club Bath said on Tuesday.
Faletau, 28, sustained the injury playing for his English club Bath last month, a game which marked his comeback from a broken arm.
The British and Irish Lion, who has played more than 70 tests for Wales, had a slim chance of returning for the final Six Nations match at home to Ireland on March 16.
“We’re gutted for Taulupe, but this is the best course of action for him moving forwards as a player,” Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder said in a statement.
“We will know more in terms of time frames following the surgery.”
Warren Gatland’s Wales have won their opening two Six Nations games and next meet England, who also secured victories in their first two matches, in a potential title decider at Cardiff on Feb. 23.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond