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Anscombe out of Rugby World Cup, another blow for Wales

August 12, 2019
FILE - In this Saturday, March 16, 2019 file photo, Wales Gareth Anscombe, kicks a penalty during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Anscombe has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with ligament damage in his right knee, the second major injury blow for the Six Nations champion. Anscombe was hurt in the loss to England in a World Cup warmup game at Twickenham on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. No. 8 Taulupe Faletau broke his collarbone at training and will also miss the World Cup in Japan. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FIle)
FILE - In this Saturday, March 16, 2019 file photo, Wales Gareth Anscombe, kicks a penalty during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Anscombe has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with ligament damage in his right knee, the second major injury blow for the Six Nations champion. Anscombe was hurt in the loss to England in a World Cup warmup game at Twickenham on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. No. 8 Taulupe Faletau broke his collarbone at training and will also miss the World Cup in Japan. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FIle)

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales flyhalf Gareth Anscombe has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with ligament damage in his right knee, the second major injury blow for the Six Nations champion.

Anscombe was hurt in the loss to England in a World Cup warmup game at Twickenham on Sunday. No. 8 Taulupe Faletau broke his collarbone at training and will also miss the World Cup in Japan.

The Welsh Rugby Union said Monday that Anscombe has an anterior cruciate ligament injury. It didn’t specify how long it expected Anscombe to be sidelined for but confirmed he was out of contention for the World Cup, which starts next month.

Anscombe was a key player in the Wales team that won the Six Nations title and Grand Slam in March.

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