No pressure on Anscombe - Gatland

20th Jul 2014, 12:33

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Wales head coach Warren Gatland insists that Gareth Anscombe has not been given a deadline to switch his allegiance.


Wales head coach Warren Gatland insists that Gareth Anscombe has not been given a deadline to switch his allegiance.

The Chiefs back bowed out of Super Rugby action on Saturday as the champions lost to the Brumbies, and has been heavily linked with a move to Cardiff Blues.

Gatland, who is currently in New Zealand, added that he had been in contact with Anscombe over a move to Wales - with the 23-year-old qualifying to play through his mother.

"I spoke to him about six months ago and said there was no pressure at all given his age," Gatland told the NZ Herald.

"But I said if he wanted to have a crack at making the World Cup squad it would be better if he came over this year."

Gatland plans to watch the All Blacks over the next few weeks, including their match against Wales' Rugby World Cup pool rivals Australia, while he also discussed the difficulties in getting Wales up to speed to face the Springboks.

"I'll try and get up to Eden Park to see the Wallabies when they come over after the test in Sydney. Any time you get a close look at teams you find out something useful," added Gatland.

"It's always been the way when we play teams from here. It takes us some time to get going. I'm not sure what the solution is in getting up to speed with the pace, intensity and coping with the physicality.

"We should have won the second test [in Nelspruit] and we came away knowing on our day we have the opportunity to be one of the best teams in the world, although there is a gap between all of us and the All Blacks."