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Gareth Anscombe reveals his reasoning as move from Cardiff Blues to Ospreys is confirmed

Gareth Anscombe has outlined his reasons for joining the Ospreys as his move from Cardiff Blues is officially confirmed.

The Grand Slam fly-half will be switching regions at the end of this season, as first revealed by WalesOnline earlier today.

It ends weeks of speculation over the future of the 27-year-old Wales star.

He had been linked with clubs in England, including Bristol, Bath and Harlequins.

But moving across the bridge would have ruled him out of playing for Wales at the World Cup and beyond.

Now that he is staying in the country, he will be able to continue adding to his 26 international caps.

“I’m delighted to have secured my future to play professional rugby in Wales and to be joining the Ospreys,” he said.

“I am very happy to finally be able to put pen to paper during what’s been an unsettling time and commit to staying in Wales.

“I know a lot of the boys from my time with the Wales team and they can’t speak highly enough of the spirit and ambition within the region which really excites me.



Gareth Anscombe will be leaving Cardiff Blues at the end of this season

“I’ve been impressed with the vision and the long term goals of the coaches and region as a whole and I would like to thank them for supporting my dream to continue playing pro rugby in Wales and, if I am playing well enough, to play for my country.”

He added: “I would like to thank everyone at the Blues for the last five years of continuous support.

“They have an incredible team of people working behind the scenes to help the boys, along with some of the best supporters around.

“I can’t thank them enough for all they have done for me since arriving from New Zealand.

“Thanks also to a great group of boys playing at the club who welcomed me and made me feel at home from the start.

 

“I will continue to do my best for the team until the end of the season and I will leave with many happy memories of my time with the Blues.”

Ironically enough, the final game of the regular season sees the Blues facing the Ospreys in a winner-takes-all Judgement Day clash.

Whoever comes out on top at the Principality Stadium will go through to a play-off for a Champions Cup spot.

Reacting to Anscombe’s signing, Ospreys head coach Allen Clarke said: “Gareth is a player I’ve admired for a long time and I’m delighted that he has committed his future to the Ospreys.



Ospreys head coach Allen Clarke

“It’s not just a statement of intent, it’s adding another player of current international quality to our squad for next season, the number one player in Wales in his position.

“He’s worked closely with Matt Sherratt previously and I know that Gareth is looking forward to linking up with him again both in terms of the challenge and quality development of his game.

“Gareth will also add his undoubted positional and game breaking X-factor attributes to our backline and team attack.

“I have no doubt his drive and talent will contribute to the quality we already possess within the squad and he will become a fans favourite.

 

“This is a significant announcement, a signing which shows how ambitious we are to re-establish ourselves as a leading team in the PRO14.”

Rugby General Manager Dan Griffiths added: “The signing of Gareth is a real statement for the Ospreys.

“His performances at both club and international level over the last year have been standout, and have attracted the attention of a number of high profile clubs across Europe.

How the Ospreys revealed Gareth Anscombe’s signing

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“To secure his services not only signifies the intent and ambition we have as a region, it reflects an environment and culture that players of Gareth’s calibre want to be a part of.

“His experience and character will challenge and drive the established quality and exciting young talent we have around him. To add his attacking ability and guile to our backline is an exciting prospect for Ospreys supporters.”

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