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Anscombe's future with the Blues in doubt

Gareth Anscombe's playing days with the Blues may be over

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Article Published: Thursday 20 September 2012|

Auckland coach Wayne Pivac has carefully avoided commenting on Gareth Anscombe's future with the Blues following reports that the player has been dropped by the Blues.

One News has reported that Anscombe has been dumped by new Blues coach Sir John Kirwan and although Pivac was singing the players' praises after Auckland's 43-32 victory over Taranaki he would not speak about the player's future.

Anscombe was off-limits to media after the victory at Eden Park and Pivac said that he could not talk about the situation.

"I can't comment on any contractual issues surrounding the player," Pivac told Fairfax.

"But I can talk to you about his form and I thought he had a superb game."

Anscombe impressed against Taranaki by leading the team's attack well as well as landing all eight of his shots at goal.

The pivot struggled in a poor Blues team earlier this year under former coach Pat Lam but Pivac says he is seeing big improvements in his game.

"Gareth is getting better each week," he said.

"He is a player that's had a few injuries, he started the season with us late and he's taken a bit of time to warm into his game, but certainly the goal kicking had been outstanding.

"His general play (against Taranaki) was pretty and he had one of his best games."

There have been rumours that Kirwan has been chasing Hawke's Bay's playmaker Dan Waenga and he also has Chris Noakes and Michael Hobbs signed up for next season.

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