Bath Rugby fined £60,000 after releasing Taulupe Faletau for Wales match

Taulupe Faletau features in Wales' autumn international matches. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Bath Rugby have received a fine of £60,000 from Premiership Rugby for releasing Taulupe Faletau to play in a Wales test match outside the international window.

Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive of Bath Rugby, says Bath "understand Premiership Rugby’s position on this, and have subsequently worked proactively with them to swiftly achieve a fair resolution".

We continue to believe that there is appetite for change and that this on-going conflict between the club and international calendars is not good for players, clubs or unions. We continue to support the objective of a solution for the separation of club and international calendars in a way which benefits players, clubs and unions, and brings an end to situations such as this.

Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive of Bath Rugby

A Premiership Rugby spokesman said: “This Board policy has been an essential one, especially as there has been an increasing number of international matches being organised outside the specified international weeks. The agreed policy is well known to clubs, players and unions."