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Bristol in for Wales hero

31st March 2019, 17:45 by Daniel McCarthy

Gareth Anscombe is reportedly being lined up for a move to big spending Gallagher Premiership Bristol Bears.

There is much uncertainty about the versatile playmaker's future at Cardiff Blues with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season.

The Bears have reportedly offered the New Zealand-born utility man's contract worth £500,000-a-year, which would eclipse his current earnings in the Welsh capital.

However, a move to the English league would effectively end his international career with the Welsh Rugby Union's ruling on players being unable to play for their country if they ply their trade outside Wales.

And Anscombe admitted after helping Wales win the Grand Slam in the Six Nations that he might consider leaving for England in order to secure his own future.

"I think it has made all the boys think about that to be honest," he told Wales Online.

"We've only got a 10-year window to really look after ourselves and I guess the important thing is you don't want to look back with any regrets.

"The boys know how fickle Welsh rugby is. We have all been through it. I have a good couple of mates who have gone through it and left.

"I think we've given the Welsh Rugby Union something to be pretty proud about and hopefully the Union and the regions can come together and sort out the best deals for the players because that's important."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Daniel McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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