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World Rugby Have Come Out In Favour Of Gareth Anscombe’s ‘Try’

It was the major talking point of England’s 12-6 victory over Wales at Twickenham – Gareth Anscombe’s disallowed try in the first half when it appeared that he grounded the ball before Anthony Watson. 

The TMO deemed that Watson had, in fact, touched the ball down first, much to the dismay of the Welsh rugby public.

No one can categorically state that Wales would have won the game if the try had stood but it would have changed the complexion of the game without a doubt and it’s possible we could be looking at a different Six Nations table.

Ultimately, Wales have to deal with defeat and channel that anger in a positive way ahead of their trip to Dublin in less than two weeks time.

Rob Howley was speaking to the media today and according to BBC Sport, the assistant coach confirmed that World Rugby’s Alain Rolland agreed that the try should have stood.

“That phone call took place yesterday and Alain Rolland confirmed on behalf of World Rugby that it was a mistake.

“I haven’t spoken to any of the match officials. It’s happened, it’s disappointing that happens in professional sport. But we focus on the next two weeks and getting ready for Ireland.”

World Rugby then released their own statement regarding the matter.

“World Rugby has clarified to the Wales team management as part of the usual review process with teams that the TMO made an error in the application of law during the England versus Wales match at Twickenham,” they said.

“In accordance with law 21.1 b Wales should have been awarded a try as the Wales player grounded the ball.”

In more positive news for the Welsh camp, Dan Biggar, Taulupe Faletau and Leigh Halfpenny are all expected to take part in training at the end of the week as they recover from their respective injuries.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter