Liam Williams ‘Gutted’ Warren Gatland reflects on Rugby World Cup heartache, missing Wales star

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The Kiwi coach won’t replicate his northern hemisphere style with the Chiefs next year.

Chiefs coach Warren Gatland has revealed how gutted he was with Wales’ Rugby World Cup exit and reflected on how big a loss Gareth Anscombe proved to be with the Auckland-born first five-eighth sidelined because of a serious knee injury. 

Gatland’s largely successful 12-year tenure as Wales coach came to an end with their 19-16 semifinal defeat to South Africa in Japan. 

Wales lost 40-17 the World Cup’s bronze final to the All Blacks a week later and it was Gatland’s final match as coach before his return home to lead the Chiefs on a four-year deal through to 2023, albeit with a break in 2021 to coach the Lions on their tour of South Africa.

Liam Williams Warren Gatland is back home to coach the Chiefs.

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Warren Gatland is back home to coach the Chiefs.

The Kiwi coach said he would not typically dwell on missing a player because “injuries are part of the game” but he admitted that Anscombe could have made a difference in their semifinal defeat to the Springboks, who then won the World Cup final 32-12 against England. 

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Anscombe, the former Chiefs and Blues playmaker who qualifies for Wales through his Cardiff-born mother, was ruled out of the World Cup just weeks before the tournament.

The 27-test star established himself as Wales’ leading No 10 and he play

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