The New Zealand-born out-half started against England at Twickenham on Sunday in his side’s 33-19 loss but came off before half-time with a knee injury.
Scans later revealed that he damaged his ACL, something that he may have done early in the half, but he battled on despite the injury.
He shared on social media that it was “a pretty tough 24 hours to take”, but is still excited to watch Wales “go on and do something special”.
The injury is a devastating development for the fly-half, who looked set to start in the No10 jersey throughout the World Cup.
Racing know exactly how the Anscombe-less Wales feel https://t.co/EvnzG7QMd8
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) August 13, 2019
He has received a lot of support from current and former players on social media, who obviously feel the player’s pain. Although many are not Welsh, no one would wish this upon a player after spending four years building up to this moment.
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Not quite the way I was hoping my World Cup dream would finish. Been a pretty tough 24 hours to take but I’m very thankful and humbled for all the kind well wishes. Still wrapping my head around what’s happened and what’s next but I’m excited to watch this @welshrugbyunion team go on and do something special. #cmoncymru
Anscombe has also received a lot of support on Twitter, as many have wished him a speedy recovery. The 28-year-old also joined the Ospreys over the summer, so his hopes of making an impact at the Liberty Stadium this season may have been scuppered as well.
Unlucky brother. Heal fast mate ??
— Nick Evans (@nick10evans) August 12, 2019
Great 12 months mate! Wishing you a speedy recovery!!
— Xavier Rush (@Rushy_8) August 12, 2019
Gutted for you mate. Speedy recovery
— Dan Bowden (@danbowden_) August 12, 2019
Wretched luck; best wishes.
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) August 12, 2019
Absolutely devastating news .. thoughts are with Gareth and family…
— Phil Vickery MBE DL (@Phil_Vickery) August 12, 2019
This is the harsh reality of rugby and while it is always sad to see a player sustain a serious injury, it becomes all the worse in the build-up to a World Cup, particularly given the confidence that Wales are entering the tournament with.
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