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Nervous times for Anscombe and Heinz

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    12 Aug 2019     Getty Images

Anscombe, the Welsh first five-eighths, will have a scan later today on his knee injury which forced him out of the game just before halftime.

He was seen on crutches on the sideline later in the game.

Coach Warren Gatland said after the loss: "We're not sure about Gareth. He's going to get a scan tomorrow so we'll see how that turns out.

"I've spoken to the physios. If it's just a strain of the ligament, he'll be out for a few weeks. We'll know more details after the scan.

"Sometimes players like to run off a knock – he wasn't able to do that," he said.

Meanwhile, fellow New Zealander, halfback Willi Heinz said it was an 'amazing feeling' to win his first England cap, and he now faces a nervous wait to see if he has forced his way into Rugby World Cup reckoning.

Heinz, 32, told gloucestershirelive.co.uk, "I've been pretty nervous through the week as you can imagine but I guess getting to the ground and having a walk around and familiarising yourself with the surroundings and taking it all in was great before the game.

"Coming out and doing the anthem was pretty special and getting into the game was what I was really after, just to rip into it.

"It started pretty well, I thought we managed to put Wales under pressure and score some points and then the game flowed back in their direction for a while but I thought we managed to get a foothold back in the game towards the end of the first half.

"It all went by pretty quickly but I was just delighted," he said.

No matter what happens in terms of England's World Cup announcement, Heinz said his debut would always be a special day.

"It would be incredible but I don't know what's going to happen now," he said of the England selection to be announced on Tuesday (NZT).

Heinz said he had been surprised to be named vice captain.

"When you're in the team you start understanding the dynamics of how the team operates and the decision-making of the nines and 10s on the field.

"I've got a little bit of experience of captaining Gloucester over the last couple of years and he made it clear to me as to why I was given that role," he said.