Taulupe Faletau is tackled by Handre Pollard. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Boyers

LONDON - Bath have been charged by Premiership Rugby for releasing number eight Taulupe Faletau to play for Wales against South Africa last Saturday, the governing body has said.

Faletau, 27, stayed on with the national side for Wales' 24-22 win over South Africa, which was the only autumn international to be played after November 25.

The Premiership's policy states that clubs are not allowed to release players for national duty outside specific periods set for international matches by World Rugby.

"Bath Rugby have seven days to respond to the allegation and once that time has passed Premiership Rugby will issue a further update," the English top-flight's governing body said in a statement.

Last week, Bath head coach Todd Blackadder said the club were expecting punishment for allowing Faletau to stay with the national team.

Wales went on to beat the Springboks 24-22, thanks to tries from Hadleigh Parkes and Scott Williams and the goalkicking of Leigh Halfpenny.

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