Tuesday 23 January 2018

Wales forced to reshuffle pack as Gareth Anscombe is ruled out of Ireland clash

Wales' full-back Gareth Anscombe is tackled by Australia's Drew Mitchell
Wales' full-back Gareth Anscombe is tackled by Australia's Drew Mitchell

Wales full-back Gareth Anscombe has been ruled out of the RBS 6 Nations clash against Ireland due to a tight hamstring. Liam Williams will replace him, the Welsh Rugby Union has said.

A Welsh Rugby Union spokesman said that Anscombe was suffering from a tight hamstring, but he would train fully next week ahead of Wales facing Scotland in Cardiff.

Cardiff Blues back Anscombe's place in the starting line-up was taken by Scarlets' Liam Williams.

Williams has played barely 60 minutes' rugby since suffering a foot injury during the World Cup pool stage defeat against Australia at Twickenham last October.

Williams made his comeback when the Scarlets took on Guinness PRO12 opponents Connacht last weekend.

He went straight into the Wales XV, with no changes required to the Wales replacements' bench.

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