Gareth Anscombe Integrates with Wales Squad, Aiming for Fitness Recovery Following Derailed Japan Transfer

Gareth Anscombe actively pursues rehabilitation with Wales, eyeing a return to fitness in the forthcoming months.

In the aftermath of his Japan move falling through, Gareth Anscombe is currently part of the Wales squad, focusing on his rehabilitation efforts. The 32-year-old rugby player had initially secured a contract with the Japanese team, Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath. However, a medical examination by the team’s professionals revealed a severe injury, necessitating surgery. This injury, specifically a complete tear of the abductor off the bone, was expected to sideline Anscombe for approximately 10 weeks. Consequently, Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath revoked his registration.

Now back in Wales, Anscombe, renowned for his time with the Ospreys, is not officially listed in Warren Gatland’s Six Nations team roster. However, he maintains a strong bond with the Welsh medical staff, who are aiding him in his recovery process.

Presently without a club, Anscombe’s future plans remain uncertain. He has, however, expressed a continued interest in playing rugby in Japan eventually. His initial agreement with Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath had been a significant talking point, particularly since he emphasized his commitment to not retiring from Test rugby, unlike Dan Biggar, and his availability for the summer tour in Australia.

Though not formally part of the Welsh team, Anscombe’s rehabilitation is on track, potentially allowing for his fitness return before the Six Nations concludes. He recently stated, “I’m just trying to get back to full fitness, I’m desperate to play rugby – where that is, I’m not too sure yet. I’m hopeful I’ll be fit in the next couple of months, could be quicker, could be a little bit slower, but we’ll see. Then we’ll just see what’s out there.”

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