By Will Kelleher For Mailonline
Published: 16:11 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 19:11 BST, 1 August 2019
Taulupe Faletau's injury heart-ache continued as it was revealed Wales' star No 8 would miss the World Cup with a broken collarbone.
The news is a hammer-blow to Wales' chances in Japan with one of the best players on the planet now out.
Lions back-rower Faletau, 28, has not played since January 12 when he broke his right forearm for the second time in the space of three months for his English club Bath.
Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with a clavicle injury
Faletau has suffered his sixth major injury in three years since joining Bath in 2016
Sportsmail understands Faletau suffered the fresh blow to his collarbone in training with Wales at their Vale of Glamorgan base.
The Welsh Rugby Union said his injury came as a result of 'an innocuous training ground incident' when confirming the Tongan-born sensation would miss the World Cup.
'A prognosis and return to play timeframe will be established after surgery,' their statement read. 'The Wales squad and management would like to wish Taulupe the very best with his recovery.' At this stage Wales will not be calling a replacement into their training squad.
Faletau had been hopeful of making the tournament despite his hellish injury record.