Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales’ Gareth Anscombe gutted at missing tournament as Ireland’s Joey Carbery faces fitness battle

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Wales playmaker Gareth Anscombe hobbles off against England at Twickenham with a knee ligament injury which has ended his Rugby World Cup dream.

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Wales playmaker Gareth Anscombe hobbles off against England at Twickenham with a knee ligament injury which has ended his Rugby World Cup dream.

Gareth Anscombe has expressed his anguish at missing Wales’ Rugby World Cup campaign as fellow New Zealander Joey Carbery faces a race against time to be fit for Ireland.

Aucklander Anscombe is out of the Japan tournament after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament in Wales’ 33-19 loss to England at Twickenham last weekend.

Gareth Anscombe receives medical treatment at Twickenham after suffering ligament damage to his knee.

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Gareth Anscombe receives medical treatment at Twickenham after suffering ligament damage to his knee.

​Anscombe was expected to be Warren Gatland’s first-choice playmaker at the World Cup and his defection is a blow to the Six Nations champions’ title hopes.

It was also a devastating setback for the 28-year-old.

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Wales' Gareth Anscombe offloads before being tackled by England's New Zealand-born halfback Willi Heinz.

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Wales’ Gareth Anscombe offloads before being tackled by England’s New Zealand-born halfback Willi Heinz.

“Not quite the way I was hoping my World Cup dream would finish,” Anscombe wrote on Instagram.

“Been a pretty tough 24 hours to take but I’m very thankful and humbled for all the kind well wishes.

Joey Carbery could be out for six weeks with an ankle ligament injury, forcing him to miss Ireland's first game at the Rugby World Cup.

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Joey Carbery could be out for six weeks with an ankle ligament injury, forcing him to miss Ireland’s first game at the Rugby World Cup.

“Still wrapping my head around what’s happened and what’s next but I’m excited to watch this @welshrugbyunion team go on and d

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