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Faletau given chance to prove fitness

Bath will be bolstered by the returning Taulupe Faletau as the forward looks to prove his fitness ahead of the rest of the Six Nations.

Wales forward Taulupe Faletau has an opportunity to prove his fitness for the rest of the Six Nations as he returns to Bath for its weekend encounter with Harlequins.

The number eight made his first competitive outing of 2017 in Wales's 21-16 defeat to England in Cardiff on Sunday (AEDT).

Faletau sustained a knee injury playing for Bath on Christmas Eve, but was deemed fit enough for a place on the bench against England, and played 28 minutes after replacing Ross Moriarty in the second half.

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder is delighted to welcome Faletau back for Sunday's (AEDT) Premiership encounter, while Wales coach Rob Howley will certainly be an interested onlooker as he prepares for matches against Scotland, Ireland and France.

"Toby is back," Blackadder told the Bath Chronicle. "He's in the mix this week, which will be a good lift for all the lads.

"It was great to see him out there playing rugby again at the weekend. We're excited about the prospect of him playing at the weekend."