Faletau would be happy to move to flanker if required
Taulupe Faletau would be happy to change position for Wales' tour to South Africa, with the Warren Gatland likely to reshuffle his back row due to injuries.
First-choice openside flankers Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric are absent meaning Faletau could line up at No.7, a position he filled in Wales' bronze medal match against Australia in the 2011 World Cup.
And the Newport Gwent Dragons No.8 insists Wales have enough strength in the back row to adjust to the losses.
"Whatever position I play, it's an honour to wear that jersey for Wales," he said.
"Obviously Justin and Sam are specialist sevens. Maybe it changes against South Africa because they tend to play without one. But the boys who are there are capable of filling in for whoever is missing.
"The back rowers we have got are quality enough to fill in. They know what the challenges are ahead of us."
And Faletau is under no illusions as to the task that faces Wales in their two-Test series in South Africa, saying that he expects some physical encounters.
"They are known for their physicality and what they bring. It's no secret and it's going to be tough," he said.
"South Africa will be a test for everyone. They are one of the most physical sides out there.
"There is no secret about how they play or what they will do. They are very physical men. We just have to carry the ball, be hard, direct and physical.
"I am looking forward to it. It will be my first time out there. The tour to South Africa is something anyone would look forward to - to go down there and challenge yourself."
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.