Scarlet’s World Cup hopes boosted
RHYS Patchell has been handed a World Cup lifeline after Gareth Anscombe’s devastating injury blow.
Anscombe was ruled out of the global tournament in Japan after suffering knee ligament damage in Wales’s defeat by England at Twickenham on Sunday.
It’s unclear how long the Ospreys man is expected to be sidelined for.
“The Wales squad and management would like to wish Gareth the very best with his recovery,” said the WRU in a statement.
Dan Biggar will now be Wales’s first choice fly-half heading into the tournament and it leaves Warren Gatland with a decision to make with three warm-up games remaining, the first of which is against England this Saturday.
Head coach Gatland had been expected to name just two No. 10s – Anscombe and Biggar – in his 31-man squad. But Scarlets man Patchell and Cardiff Blues flyhalf Jarrod Evans now look set to battle for a seat on the plane.
Patchell impressed on Wales’s tour of Argentina last summer but looked short of confidence as the 2018-19 season came to a close.
Evans remains an exciting prospect but is unproven at Test level.