Dragons: Faletau needs to 'pull his socks up'
September 10, 2013
Dragons boss Lyn Jones has sounded a warning to star No.8 Toby Faletau saying the back-rower needs to "pull his socks up" and get back to the condition he was in for the British & Irish Lions.
Faletau was not in the Dragons' 23-man squad for their RaboDirect PRO12 opener against Ulster but is set to return to the mix for Friday's game against Edinburgh. And Jones says Faletau has work to do on his conditioning.
"I think four weeks rest post-third Test would have been sufficient for Toby," Jones told Wales Online. "For whatever reason, he had five weeks rest and I think it's just knocked him a little bit now. He's turning up and he's just not in the condition we were hoping he would be in.
"So he's got a bit of work to do on his conditioning, as well as his game, but that can be expected. When you've achieved and reached a height, you've got to celebrate it, but he needs to pull his socks up now and he knows he's got a bit of work ahead of him.
"I am sure he is going to rekindle and regain his form very quickly. He will be on the field at some stage against Edinburgh without a shadow of a doubt, whether he starts or comes on."
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