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Anscombe determined to prove worth in number 10 jersey

5th March 2018

Gareth Anscombe is determined to prove his worth in Wales' number 10 jersey.

The Cardiff Blues star’s sole start during this season’s NatWest Six Nations came at full back, against England in round two.

The 26-year-old made an impact when he switched to outside half later in the Twickenham clash, and he has featured from the bench against Scotland and Ireland.

The playmaker faces competition from the likes of Rhys Patchell and Dan Biggar for the number 10 jersey, but hopes to get an opportunity as Wales return to action against Italy on Sunday.

The 14-times capped international side: “I’d love to get a chance in the 10 jersey.

"I want to put my hand up and have a crack, but obviously Rhys (Patchell) and Dan (Biggar) have done good jobs there. Rhys did well in the first couple of games and everyone knows the quality Biggs brings to the team. 

"As a 10 it's about first making sure you play in the right areas of the park and when you get down there, making good decisions and executing them.

"There is always a risk and a reward with your decision making as a 10.”

Warren Gatland’s side will hope to bounce back from the defeat to Ireland as they host the Azzurri at Principality Stadium on Sunday.

Despite back-to-back defeats in London and Dublin, Anscombe remains optimistic about Wales’ progress over the course of the campaign.

"It's about applying pressure both with and without the ball and whenever you start a game, everyone is a little bit nervous, I suppose,” said Anscombe.

"Maybe at times as a team our attitude has to be more positive from the get go.

"We've talked about that as a group. We need to back our skill set from the start.

"But I've certainly noticed a massive improvement in the skill level since I've been involved in the squad and it's positive to be a part of a team that's capable of doing some special things.

"I look back to the England game and so on, but overall I don't think we've been too far away.

"In Ireland we weren't up to scratch, but I think we're moving the right way and we just need to learn to be more accurate at the start and not allow teams to get a start on us."