An­scombe signs new deal with Cardiff

The Rugby Paper - - News - ALEX BYWATER

GARETH An­scombe will give Cardiff Blues a ma­jor boost by sign­ing a fresh deal with the re­gion.

An­scombe’s Na­tional Dual Con­tract with the Blues and the Welsh Rugby Union, which is 60 per cent funded by the gov­ern­ing body, runs out at the end of this sea­son.

But the New Zealand­born fly-half, who has won nine caps for Wales since his switch from the Chiefs in 2014, will put to pen to pa­per on a new deal in the next few weeks.

The 25-year-old for All Black U20 will be with the cap­i­tal re­gion next sea­son and is ex­pected to sign a fresh con­tract keep­ing him with the Blues un­til at least 2019.

An­scombe has strug­gled to chal­lenge Dan Big­gar for the Wales fly-half shirt but both Blues head coach Danny Wil­son and the Wales hi­er­ar­chy re­main big fans and he re­mains in con­tention for Wales’ two-Test sum­mer tour to face Tonga and Samoa

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