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Gareth Anscombe admits pivotal Ospreys derby will be awkward as he addresses conflict of interest fears

Gareth Anscombe has insisted he’s committed to the cause ahead of the Cardiff Blues’ crucial derby with the Ospreys.

Earlier this month, it was finally announced that the Wales fly-half will be joining the Liberty Stadium side this summer after a long-running saga.

In an ironic twist of fate, the winner of the Judgement Day clash between Anscombe’s current employer and his future employer will keep their hopes of playing in next season’s Champions Cup alive.

The winner on Saturday will clinch fourth spot in the Guinness PRO14’s Conference A and will then enter a play-off against the fourth placed side in Conference B, which could well be the Scarlets, for the league’s seventh and final place in next season’s top Euro competition.

The loser will be resigned to the Challenge Cup.

It’s the most important game of both teams’ seasons and, given the circumstances, there have been suggestions that there is a conflict of interest where Anscombe is concerned.

But that’s a suggestion that the player himself strongly denies.

 



Cardiff Blues pivot Gareth Anscombe

“Anyone that knows me as a person, knows my character and will understand I’m a pretty competitive person,” he said.

“I can understand those discussions around it being a bit awkward that I’m playing the team I’m going to next year, and it is a little bit awkward, but I’m a highly competitive person.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Blues, I have a lot of good mates here and ultimately we’ve worked for 12 months to make sure we tick this box.

 

“The discussion that I wouldn’t be ready or committed to the team is something I don’t buy into. I’m pretty determined to make sure we win on Saturday and to personally play well for the team.

“Ultimately, it’s important that the Blues are playing in the Champions Cup and I know with the talent here they’re capable of competing there.

“One of our goals at the start of the season was to make sure we are playing in that competition regularly. Most importantly it gives us the chance to do that but if it gives me another home game at the Arms Park then it’s another carrot.

“It would be nice to finish on a high at the club and particularly at home it would be extra special. Hopefully we can do the job but it’s going to take an 80-minute effort. Hopefully we can finish on a high.”

Despite the fears over the situation and the notion that Anscombe finds himself in a no-win situation, Blues boss John Mulvihill earlier this week revealed his star man will start at the Principality Stadium.

“He’s one of our best players so he’ll play – he’s a complete professional,” insisted Mulvihill.

“If there’s a 50/50 ball or a goal to be kicked, he’s the man to do it. It may be the Gareth Anscombe show!

“He’s had a great season with us and wants to finish on a high.”

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