Just found out Gareth Anscombe has picked up an ankle injury in training, and is therefore now rumoured to be a doubt to make the World Cup squad.
I thought he made a really positive impact when he came off the bench in the warm-up game against Ireland. Along with the introduction of Lloyd Williams, he really helped increase the tempo of the game when we desperately needed it. I’m a big fan of James Hook, but I felt he wasn’t at his best that day – in itself a real shame, as many media outlets are suggesting this could be one of his last chances to impress the selectors, especially in the fly-half position.
Wales fielded a less experienced team for that game on August 8th and, now that Hook has been omitted from the RWC training squad, I’ve been really looking forward to see what Anscombe is capable of when lining up alongside our first choice backs and a more experienced forward pack. In joining Cardiff Blues from Waikato Chiefs, and linking up with Wales in the process, he has made a massive commitment on his playing future too, and to see him miss out on the biggest stage due to injury would be a real shame. Apparently he is being assessed at present; I’m sure the extent of his injury will become apparent later in the week.
In the meantime, I look forward to hearing Warren Gatland’s team choice for Wales’ second world cup warm-up match – the reverse fixture, against Ireland, in Dublin.