Anscombe to put pressure on fly-halves

Date published: September 1 2014

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The arrival of Gareth Anscombe in Cardiff will drive on the challengers for the Wales fly-half jersey according to Robin McBryde.

The arrival of Gareth Anscombe in Cardiff will drive on the challengers for the Wales fly-half jersey according to Robin McBryde.

The Wales forwards coach admits that Anscombe will need to settle in quickly if he is to break into the Welsh squad for this November, but even if he isn't ready the squad should benefit from the added competition.

Anscombe is currently still in New Zealand playing in the ITM Cup with Auckland, although there is talk that he may get out of that contract early according to the Rugby Paper.

And with New Zealander Mark Hammett having taken over at the Blues over the off-season, McBryde is optimistic that the 23-year-old will be able to settle in quickly.

“Hopefully, Gareth's arrival will spur people on. Competition makes a coach's job a lot easier because players are looking over their shoulders, which is encouraging them to put that bit extra in during training,” McBryde told Wales Online.

“The other thing to consider is that we have two new head coaches with the regions in Mark Hammett and Wayne Pivac and they will have their own brand of rugby they want to see played.

“Gareth might be more comfortable than others with the style of play – that's yet to be seen.

“It will be interesting to see how quickly he settles at the Blues. I'm sure he'll be given a fantastic welcome by the boys there.

“There's obviously going to be a bedding down period but the fact he's fit and able to take part in training from the word go, you would expect him to grasp the nettle a bit quicker.

“There's a good squad being built at the Blues. They are strong up front have talent behind. He is going to add to that mix, strengthen the squad and be part of a competitive environment.

“If he comes through that, gets regular game-time and plays well – the door is not closed on anybody.

“He's obviously come over for a reason and has a goal in his mind. It'll be interesting to see how quickly he settles and gets to grips with it. But the same goes for anybody – you have to be playing well.”

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