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Anscombe eager for more in number 10 jersey

6th November 2018

Gareth Anscombe is relishing the battle for the Wales number 10 jersey and is determined to line-up against Australia on Saturday.

The Cardiff Blues star pulled the strings at fly-half as Warren Gatland’s men kicked off their autumn campaign with victory over Scotland.

He created both Wales tries as he continued the fine form he has displayed in regional colours on the international stage.

Now he wants to continue in the hot seat as Wales target a first win over the Wallabies since 2008.

"Obviously I want to be there, but there are other guys fighting for positions," Anscombe said

"It is a good thing for Welsh rugby that we have developed a pretty good group of 40, so any guys can slip in and do a job. We are a pretty tight bunch and a good group of lads. At training, we have to fight it out.

"I really wanted to take the opportunity (against Scotland). From a personal point of view there was some good, some bad, but to be part of a win at home is nice.

“They (Australia) are an exciting team and have had their recent defeats that have put them under a bit of pressure, but they will come here and be pretty positive.

"Being away from home will probably be good for them. We will have to be a hell of a lot better than we were (against Scotland).

"We know where we need to be against the Wallabies, so hopefully we can give it a good crack."

Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill was also pleased with his players’ contribution at the Principality Stadium, with Dillon Lewis also impressing and Jarrod Evans making his international debut off the bench.

He added: “I was delighted with the way Gareth stood up and really controlled the test match. He has some work ons that he is aware of bit we’re delighted for him because he did really well.

“We were really exciting for those guys and really proud that we got some of them in the squad. Going forward we want to get as many of our guys in red jerseys as possible. 

“For Dillon Lewis to play 75 minutes was fantastic. He has very proud of his performance and it was great to see Jarrod Evans come on the last few minutes. That’s one cap but there’s going to be a lot more before his career finishes.”