Faletau missing from Wales’ Six Nations squad due to broken arm

Taulupe Faletau in action for Bath

Taulupe Faletau in action for Bath

Matches between these two have been dramatic over the years - last season's encounter was decided by a single point, with Wales edging it, while the previous season saw France prevail after 100 minutes of rugby in Paris.

Wales' preparations for the Six Nations have suffered a blow with yet another injury to Taulupe Faletau.

Scarlets star Halfpenny has not played since suffering concussion during Wales' victory over Australia on November 10, while Moriarty has been out since December.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has announced a 39-man squad for the 2019 Six Nations, including Leigh Halfpenny.

Young, who won caps against Tonga and Samoa in 2017, has been among the Gallagher Premiership's form players this term.

Faletau had been out since breaking his arm in October and Bath confirmed on Tuesday the unfortunate 28-year-old is facing another spell on the sidelines with the same injury.

Wales are on a run of nine consecutive wins having swept the autumn Tests for the first time - but are still as long as 5-1 to win the tournament behind favourites Ireland and then England with some bookmakers.

Faletau is expected to be out for up to eight weeks, which will likely rule him out of the whole tournament as it reaches a climax on March 16.

"We have got a few injuries and have selected a larger squad because of that", Gatland said.

"We feel like we're in as good a position as anybody to..."

Before that, a knee problem significantly limited his playing time for his country during the 2018 Six Nations.

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