Wales blow as Anscombe to miss World Cup

2019-08-12 15:06
Gareth Anscombe (Getty)
Gareth Anscombe (Getty)

Cardiff - Wales flyhalf Gareth Anscombe is to miss the Rugby World Cup with a serious knee injury, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on Monday.

The 28-year-old New Zealand-born playmaker suffered the injury in Sunday's 33-19 loss at Twickenham.

"Gareth Anscombe is out of Rugby World Cup contention after sustaining an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury in the match against England yesterday," read the WRU statement on their website.

Anscombe's absence is a blow to the team's World Cup hopes. He was pivotal as Wales won last season's Six Nations Grand Slam. 

"The Wales squad and management would like to wish Gareth the very best with his recovery," said the WRU statement.

Dan Biggar is the likely replacement for Anscombe in the starting line-up, the 29-year-old has more than 70 caps and came on to great effect in the Six Nations clash with England last season.

Anscombe is the second high-profile Wales casualty. Back-row forward Taulupe Faletau was ruled out earlier this month because of a collarbone injury.

There are 40 players remaining in head coach Warren Gatland's World Cup squad, which will be reduced to the final 31-strong party at the beginning of September.

Wales face England again in Cardiff on Saturday, followed by a double-header against Ireland in Cardiff on August 31 and Dublin on September 7.

Gatland - who brings the curtain down on his 12-year Welsh reign after the World Cup - and his side begin their World Cup campaign in Japan against Pool D opponents Georgia on September 23.

They play 2015 finalists Australia six days later, Fiji on October 9 and Uruguay four days after that.

Read more on:    wales  |  rwc 2019  |  gareth anscombe  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After 3 weeks of Super Rugby action, which South African team appears most likely to challenge for overall honours?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.