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Re: Team for Barf?
Posted by: BathMatt53
Date: 22/01/2020 16:55
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Captain Darling
When Faletau signed for Bath he had a clause in his contract which makes him available for Wales training outside of the international windows. I believe that Bath (well Mr Craig) have footed a fine for it when he's been fit for Wales selection.
When Welsh stars started moving to France and the Prem a few of them built in those clauses to keep Gatland happy. When PRL started fining Prem sides for letting players play international games outside the usual international windows most stopped doing so but Craig has deeper pockets than most.

Faletau has been injured for so long that Pivac might decide he needs game time though to be fair.

George North was the first to fall foul of this. when at Saints. A one-off fine was paid which covered the rest of Faletau's contract:

'"Bath Rugby's full co-operation with the process was acknowledged and, in mitigation, it was decided to reduce the initial 90,000 sanction to 60,000, a figure that covers the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons."

Then he signed another contract in May 2018 which addressed this IIRC. I guess we find out on Friday.

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