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Wales Fly-Half Anscombe Ruled Out Of World Cup With Knee Injury

Willi Heinz spins out a pass England beats Wales but both suffer injuries
Cary Erickson | 14 August, 2019, 00:13

Wales have not won at Twickenham since the last World Cup and looked like never ending that run to spoil the occasion of skipper Alun Wyn Jones becoming his nation's most capped player.

But Jones did leave the door ajar to a late call-up although he would not confirm if Te'o - or indeed anyone else - was on a standby list.

This has dealt a second major blow to Wales' World Cup hopes after No 8 Taulupe Faletau was also ruled out earlier this month, after suffering a collarbone injury during training.

"We'd like to take three in every specialist position but that would leave us short in other positions, so we've chose to go with two at scrum-half and two at tighthead", Jones said.

But captain Owen Farrell insists England can be trusted in the Far East and that there are no bad apples in the squad.

"I thought there was an issue with the referee", Jones said, after having been asked a question about the performance of England debutant Willi Heinz.

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32 year old Heinz, who played for the Crusaders until 2015, is one of just two halfbacks in the England squad. "But as we know the World Cup is an incredible tournament where opportunities can present themselves and all those players who have missed out have been told they have to be ready". Flanker Tom Curry is in after he left the field against Wales with a shoulder injury that Jones said was only minor.

"Gareth Anscombe is out of Rugby World Cup contention after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the match against England yesterday", read a statement from the Welsh Rugby Union.

Lock Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers Mako and Billy will be at the heart of England's forward pack. Jones also masterminded one of the greatest Rugby World Cup upsets when his Japan team beat South Africa four years ago. "We have taken the decision to go early because of what we learned from previous campaigns".

Ireland remain in third place but England have jumped from fifth to fourth in the world due to their win over Warren Gatland's side.

England plays Tonga, the United States, Argentina and France in the group stage at the World Cup.

England have named their squad nearly a month in advance of World Rugby's deadline.