Anscombe ‘ready’ to face the All Blacks

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That's the view of Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones who told media in Wales that Anscombe had shown enough in training to prove his readiness.

 

"The length of time, and the setbacks he has had along the way, it is a credit to him and what he has put in," Jones said.

 

"Irrelevant of if you are fit and playing every week, people only see the Saturdays. Gareth would probably say himself that he has been through some dark periods when he was coming close to a return and having a setback here or there.

 

"He has still got the fight and desire and, if anything, it is probably more so than before, because he has had that time away from the game. To see him back in the squad, and what he gives to the environment, is huge," Jones said.

 

"Those characteristics which you see in a player who has been through so much is good, and it can spawn a lot of determination from those around him.

"When someone comes back from adversity, or a long time out, and you can see their energy growing, and the smile back on their face, that is important to a squad.

 

"You can feel like you are on an island when you are injured, without being too clichéd about it.

 

"But to see the fight and bite that he has got, holding people to account in training, is when you know someone has their foot back in the door and is ready to have a crack," he said.

 

Jones said shoulder injuries he suffered around the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa were feeling good.

 

He had a plan to work with from his Ospreys club and Wales, and he was looking forward to a new season. There was a shorter pre-season than usual because of the Lions tour, but he felt he was up to speed and excited to be playing in the autumn series.

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