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Rugby World Cup: Gareth Anscombe is out to impress in Aussie showdown

By Andrew Baldock

Gareth Anscombe has admitted he thought his World Cup dream might have been snatched away due to injury.

New Zealand-born Anscombe, whose mother is from Cardiff, suffered an injury during pre-tournament training and did not make Wales head coach Warren Gatland's 31-man World Cup squad.

But injuries to Scott Williams and Hallam Amos during Wales' 28-25 Pool A win against England 12 days ago resulted in him being called up, along with fellow replacement James Hook.

And Anscombe, son of former Ulster coach, Mark, now gains a huge opportunity after being selected at full-back for Saturday's group decider against Australia.

"(Injury) was a tough pill to swallow, particularly after 11 weeks of hard work in Switzerland, Doha and at the Vale (in Wales)," he said.

"It's tough to think your World Cup dream is sort of snatched (away) when so close to selection.

"Injuries aren't the best part of sport, and we've had our fair share. I am thankful to be here, and hopefully I can add to the cause, come Saturday."

Wales: G Anscombe (Cardiff Blues); A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), G North (Northampton), J Roberts (Harlequins), Liam Williams (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), G Davies (Scarlets); P James (Ospreys), S Baldwin (Ospreys), S Lee (Scarlets), L Charteris (Racing 92), A-W Jones (Ospreys), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), J Tipuric (Ospreys), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: K Owens (Scarlets), A Jarvis (Ospreys), T Francis (Exeter), J Ball (Scarlets), R Moriarty (Gloucester), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Priestland (Bath), J Hook (Gloucester).

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