Anscombe ‘won’t walk into Wales team’

Date published: November 19 2014

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New Cardiff Blues signing Gareth Anscombe doesn’t expect to instantly become a Wales international after arriving in the country.

New Cardiff Blues signing Gareth Anscombe doesn’t expect to instantly become a Wales international after arriving in the country.

The former Chiefs back has opted to move to Wales, who he qualifies to play for internationally through his mother.

Anscombe could make his debut for the Blues in this weekend’s Pro12 clash with Edinburgh.

“I certainly wouldn’t expect to walk into a Welsh team,” Anscombe told the BBC.

“I know I’ve got to play well for Cardiff first and that’s where my head is at the moment.

“Hopefully if I do the little things right and put my hand up, then maybe I might get the opportunity one day to pull on a red jersey, which I’d be pretty proud to do.

“There’s a lot of speculation about what can happen in the following weeks, but my focus right now is just to play for Cardiff.”

Anscombe admits that ruling out the possibility of playing for the All Blacks wasn’t an easy decision.

“It was certainly a tough decision and one that took me a long time to make. I had to speak to a lot of people that I trusted and respected,” added Anscombe.

“The opportunity that presented itself potentially – with the rich history here, the Welsh allegiance, and the legend of the Welsh rugby team – it just stuck as too good an opportunity to turn down.”

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