Rugby news for today: Wales’ Josh Adams is injured, and Anscombe will be replaced in Japan  

Today’s rugby news as Anscombe to be replaced in Japan and Wales star Josh Adams gets injury news

Anscombe to be replaced

For the 2023–24 season, Argentine rugby player Nicolas Sanchez has joined with Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath, a Japanese team, to fill the void left by the injured Gareth Anscombe.

Sanchez, a 35-year-old free agent, returns after spending last season representing Brive.Get our WalesOnline rugby newsletter by subscribing here.

He will replace Anscombe, who was sidelined for “another lengthy spell on the sideline” by RugbyPass after suffering an injury just weeks into his tenure at Suntory.

In the warm-up before Wales’ World Cup match against Georgia earlier this year, Anscombe hurt himself, and he had groin surgery a few days after moving to Japan. He will now be replaced by Sanchez.”I am thrilled to begin this new journey at Tokyo Sungoliath, a club known for its excellence and rich history,” he remarked. “With so many excellent teams and individuals, League One will be a difficult league to compete in. I can’t wait to get on the field and give the squad my energy and experience.

“Japan is a nation I greatly respect.” Its people are incredibly polite and considerate, and it has an intriguing culture. Our whole family will have an amazing time.

“I am thrilled to begin a new journey at Tokyo Sungoliath, a club renowned for its quality and illustrious past. With our excellent staff and players, I believe that competing in League One will be a tremendous challenge. I hold a great deal of respect for Japan. The people there are incredibly kind and considerate, and it has an intriguing culture. I believe our entire family will have an amazing time. I’m a Sangoliath, and I want to tell you about my experience. I want to give the squad everything I’ve got and contribute.

“The three players registered in Category C for the 2023–24 season are Sam Cain, Cheslin Kolbe, and Nicolas Sanchez,” Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath stated in the same release. Gareth Anscombe’s Category C registration was terminated due to his illness, while Sean McMahon was not registered as a player prior to the start of the season.

Wales wing’s injury not expected to be serious


Cardiff Wing Josh Adams’ injury, sustained during their Champions Cup loss to Bath, isn’t anticipated to be serious. The Wales international was substituted off the field after thirty minutes.

In the first thirty minutes, Adams had crossed for two tries; the injury resulted after his second score. But thereafter, Cardiff coach Matt Sherratt downplayed the severity of his injuries.

“He’s fine,” Sherratt remarked. “Hopefully, it’s only a limp leg. There shouldn’t be any structural elements.

“He appears to be limping a little bit. He has a team social tomorrow, so maybe his leg will be ready. To be honest, I’m happy for him. That was what he needed. On his first attempt, he received a bounce. He’s been putting in a lot of work, and at the moment, he’s probably just on the edge of things.

Thus, he required something similar to succeed, and he was fully engaged in the game. He just happened to have a dead limb, so I didn’t want to put him at risk at that time.

“This guy, Gabe Hamer-Webb, is here on loan. And Ex-Bath. Watching get over the line was fantastic. That one, I believe, he liked.”

Flanagan takes positives after ‘painful’ defeat

Manager Dai Flanagan acknowledged that the Challenge Cup’s late loss to Pau had been “painful,” but he focused on the team’s overall strong performance in France.

A significantly altered With a lead in the last seconds, the Dragons team appeared poised to upset the dominant Top 14. But, the moment the clock turned red, victory was stolen from them, and Flanagan acknowledged that it was difficult to accept the outcome.

It’s a difficult outcome, he remarked afterward. “Losing hurts no matter when it happens, especially when you consider the two teams and their respective performances.

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We played well as a well-rounded rugby team tonight, in my opinion. Simply said, it’s unfortunate that we gave up three tries when we had the upper hand. We must improve.

The fact that we can come out here and rotate our team a little bit is good because the players have earned that opportunity, he continued. “Pau are having a great season, especially here at home.”

We have a 14-game streak going on, and these guys deserve the chance. Many of them have demonstrated that they are capable of keeping the jersey after that performance.”

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