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Gareth Anscombe to start Wales against New Zealand after more than two years out

Gareth Anscombe is set to make his first appearance for Wales since sustaining a horror injury in 2019 when he started against New Zealand.

  • Gareth Anscombe to start his first match for Wales in 812 days on Saturday
  • The 30-year-old is in line to start at 10 against New Zealand in Cardiff
  • Suffered a horrendous knee injury in August 2019 against England


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Gareth Anscombe will start his first Welsh game in 812 days against New Zealand, his birth country, on Saturday.

The 30-year-old fly-half has just returned from the long-term knee injury he suffered in a 2019 World Cup preparation match against England, but will now start as number 10 ahead of Rhys Priestland.

Qualified for Wales through his mother, he will face former teammates on the New Zealand team in an exciting return to test rugby.

Gareth Anscombe is in line to start in his first international match in more than two years

Gareth Anscombe is in line to start in his first international match in more than two years

POSSIBLE WALES XV

McNicholl; Lane, J. Davies, J. Williams, Adams; Anscombe, T Williams; W Jones, Owens, Francis; Beard, AW Jones; Wainwright, Moriarty, Basham.

With more than 15 players unavailable, including seven England-based players and Willis Halaholo, who has Covid, Wales also appears poised to start 21-year-old Taine Basham at wide range.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones, who will become the player with the most caps for a country playing his 149th Test for Wales and the 13th against the All Blacks, has asked his side to accept a match they have not won in 68 years.

“The pressure is always there when you play for Wales,” he said.

I am aware of the statistics and logs. A lot of guys haven’t played New Zealand.

“Obviously the odds are against us, I’ll leave it to the people who are dealing with the odds.”

The 30-year-old suffered a horrific knee injury in August 2019 against England

The 30-year-old suffered a horrific knee injury in August 2019 against England

The 30-year-old suffered a horrific knee injury in August 2019 against England

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