2 Oct 2015

Anscombe joins Wales squad

11:35 am on 2 October 2015

Former Blues and Chiefs back Gareth Anscombe has been added to the Wales World Cup squad after the side suffered another couple of injuries.

Former Auckland and Chiefs back Gareth Anscombe.

Former Auckland and Chiefs back Gareth Anscombe. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Centre Scott Williams and winger Hallam Amos have been ruled out of the rest of the tournament, following injuries sustained in the win over England.

Williams suffered a knee injury and Amos a dislocated shoulder in the dramatic 28-25 victory over the tournament hosts at Twickenham on Sunday.

They will be replaced by Anscombe and James Hook, who were both in the World Cup training squad.

Hook, who has 78 caps, will appear in his third World Cup squad, while Anscombe made his international debut against Ireland in August.

Fullback Liam Williams was concussed against England and wasn't considered for the next game against Fiji in Cardiff on Friday.

Anscombe plays for the Cardiff Blues and is eligible for the Welsh squad, as his mother was born there.

Wales coach Warren Gatland had already been without fullback Leigh Halfpenny and halfback Rhys Webb after they were injured in the final warm-up game against Italy, while Lions centre Jonathan Davies had already been ruled out with a long-term problem.

Mike Phillips and Eli Walker were then sent for before the tournament started, although wing Walker was then injured in training and Ross Moriarty came into the squad.

Centre Cory Allen suffered a tournament-ending hamstring injury in the opening World Cup win over Uruguay, so Tyler Morgan was sent for.

- Reuters

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