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Wales & Cardiff set their sights on Anscombe

Gareth Anscombe was not wanted by John Kirwan's Blues but is now a hot property

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Article Published: Tuesday 22 April 2014|

Wales coach Warren Gatland has put Chiefs back Gareth Anscombe at the top of his shopping list ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Reports suggest that Celtic League club Cardiff Blues are planning to put in a bid to lure Anscombe to the Welsh capital as he is Welsh-qualified.

Anscombe's mother is Welsh and Wales have been unable to settle on their N0.10 for the last two years with Rhys Priestland, Dan Biggar and James Hook all failing to deliver to expectations.

Wales will host some of their matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and Gatland is eager solve his playmaker problem with 17 months to go before the world cup.

Twenty-two-year-old Anscombe has played for New Zealand at junior level but this does not tie him to an international team.

Anscombe's contract with back to back Super Rugby champions the Chiefs in Gatlandís home city of Hamilton expires at the end of the domestic season in New Zealand.

The Chiefs first choice No.10 Aaron Cruden is currently injured and Anscombe has moved from 15 to 10 to provide cover so currently he is crucial to the Chiefs Super Rugby title hopes.

The versatile back has ambitions to play for the All Blacks but he knows that he is some way down the selection order in New Zealand behind Dan Carter and Aaron Cruden.

At fullback he is equally blocked by Israel Dagg and Ben Smith.

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