Warren Gatland and Wales have received a massive blow with the news that out-half Gareth Anscombe has been ruled out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Anscombe suffered a knee injury in the 34th minute of Wales’ clash with England at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon.
It has now been confirmed that the 28-year-old has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and as a result, has been ruled out of the World Cup.
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) released a brief statement this afternoon:
“Gareth Anscombe is out of Rugby World Cup contention after sustaining an Anterior Cruciate ligament injury in the match against England yesterday,” a WRU statement read.
“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 becomes the latest Welsh star to be ruled out of the World Cup after Taulupe Faletau’s potential involvement at the showpiece event in Japan was cut short due to a broken collarbone.