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Anscombe ready to step up for Chiefs at 10

Gareth Anscombe has played his best rugby at fullback since he joined the Chiefs

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Article Published: Wednesday 9 April 2014|

Utility back Gareth Anscombe says that he is ready to slot into the Chiefs No.10 jersey as cover for the injured Aaron Cruden in Super Rugby over the next two months.

All Blacks first-five Cruden broke his thumb playing against the Cheetahs on the weekend and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks or so due to the injury.

Cruden has played 42 Super Rugby matches for the Chiefs at number 10 since he joined them in 2012 from the Hurricanes.

The All Blacks injury puts him in doubt for Test matches against England in June but it also gives Anscombe the chance to show what he can do at 10.

"Obviously, Cruden is a big loss, " said Anscombe

"Everyone knows the class he brings to the side. We will, as a team, miss him," Anscombe told AAP.

"It's up to me to step into his shoes, step up for the team and make sure I bring the same sort of leadership and direction that he's shown over the last few years."

Anscombe says that he is relishing the chance to play at 10 again after he was moved to fullback when he joined the Chiefs in 2013.

The former Blues No.10 hasn't played in the position since a Chiefs pre-season match against the Highlanders last year but he is unfazed about moving back to 10.

"I've trained there with the Chiefs throughout the last two years. It's a chance for me now to put that into practice on the field," he said.

"I'm sure (the Rebels) will send a few runners my way. I'll have a big role to play in our defence. "

"But at 10 I've really got to give this team good direction."

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