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Anscombe pays tribute to Samoan welcome

26th June 2017

Gareth Anscombe has paid tribute to the welcome he and his Welsh teammates received on their recent visit to Samoa.

Anscombe played a key role for Robin McBryde’s side during their unbeaten summer tour of the southern hemisphere, starring at full back during the wins over Tonga and Samoa.

Seven Cardiff Blues representatives took to the field during the tour, including debutants Dillon Lewis and Seb Davies.

Before departing Apia, Anscombe and his fellow Welsh internationals donated a heap of kit to Samoan schoolchildren as a show of gratitude for the reception.

"We've had a great welcome here in Samoa, everyone has been so generous and friendly and everywhere you go people are keen to say hello to us,” said Anscombe.

"This is a nation which loves its rugby as we saw in the game on Friday. It rained all night, but still the people came out in large numbers to show their support. We've really enjoyed playing here.

"We know Samoa has a lot of rugby talent, but not necessarily the infrastructure to support that.

"It's great to give something back to the people here. They're rugby mad and even in 30 degree heat you can see them wearing match jerseys and other shirts.

"I'm sure the gear will be like gold to them and hopefully it will mean the world. If it helps us have a few more Welsh fans in this part of the world, then that's all the better."