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Warren Gatland confirms Gareth Anscombe is out for the season after ACL injury at Twickenham

Gareth Anscombe runs with the ball
Gareth Anscombe tore his ACL and suffered damage to his meniscus in his knee Credit: AFP

Warren Gatland has confirmed that fly-half Gareth Anscombe will miss the whole of next season after naming his XV to face England on Saturday in Cardiff.

Gatland revealed that Anscombe tore his ACL and suffered damage to his meniscus in his knee while making a break up the wing at Twickenham. 

"It wasn’t from a tackle, he’s just stepped off his right leg. You can see the jarring on the video. He said to the physios he felt he had jarred his knee and stayed on thinking he could run it off. He asked the physios if he’d done any more damage and they said: ‘No, you’d already done that and it wasn’t going to get any worse’," Gatland explained. "Unfortunately, he’s going to require surgery and it’s going to keep him out for most of the season.”

Dan Biggar will start at fly-half for Wales against England, in what will be only his second Test start of the season having previously featured against Tonga and Italy, with seven further appearance off the bench.

His back-up on Saturday will be Jarrod Evans, the 23-year-old Cardiff Blues No 10 who has only won one previous cap, yet has impressed the Wales coaching staff in training with his attacking play, hence his selection for Saturday ahead of Rhys Patchell.

The injury will require surgery and means he will be out for most of the season Credit: GETTY IMAGES

"We have said all along we haven’t made up our minds whether it’s three nines, two 10s or two nines, three 10s and players being able to cover one and another’s positions. Rhys has been training pretty well, he’s been getting better and better," Gatland said.

"We have been really impressed with Jarrod and that’s why he’s got the nod with having an opportunity at the weekend. He’s very good in his attacking play; he needs to do a lot of work on his kicking. 

"That’s one aspect of his game he would admit is, probably at international level, isn’t quite where it needs to be. So he’s been working really hard with Neil Jenkins on his out of hand kicking.

"From an attacking aspect at training he’s looked one of the sharpest of our 10s and we want to see how he can potentially impose himself coming off the bench this weekend."

Wales have been cautious with Justin Tipuric (ankle) and Adam Beard (wrist), with the two fit enough to play but rested after picking up knocks in the game against England on Sunday.

Jake Ball therefore replaces Beard in the second row, with James Davies winning just his fourth cap at openside flanker, joining brother Jonathan in the Wales side as the pair become the first siblings to play in the same Test for Wales since Nicky and Jamie Robinson in 2006.

One further change on the Wales bench sees Josh Navidi wear the No 20 shirt, with Aaron Shingler providing second-row cover if required.