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Wales fly-half Gareth Anscombe has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup after suffering an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury against England on Sunday.
Anscombe was helped from the field in the first half after injuring his knee, having just made a sensational break.
The fly-half was a key member of Wales’ Grand Slam-winning squad earlier this year during the Six Nations.
“Gareth Anscombe is out of Rugby World Cup contention after sustaining an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury in the match against England yesterday,” read an WRU statement.
“His prognosis and management with be determined following further specialist reviews.”
“The Wales squad and management would like to wish Gareth the very best with his recovery.”
Anscombe has emerged as crucial player in Warren Gatland’s side this season, wrestling the No 10 shirt away from Dan Biggar of Northampton Saints and establishing himself as Wales first-choice fly-half heading into the Rugby World Cup.
The 28-year-old started four of Wales’ five Tests in the Six Nations and scored 20 of Wales’ 25 points in their final day victory over Ireland at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Anscombe first arrived in Wales back in 2013 from the Chiefs in New Zealand, qualifying to play for Wales through his mother who was born in Cardiff. Both of Anscombe’s parents – his father, Mark, previously coached Ulster – were in attendance for Wales’ Grand Slam victory back in March.
Since making his Test debut in 2015, Anscombe has won 27 caps for Wales and played at ful
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