Anscombe says: 'I'm ready'

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    26 Mar 2018     Getty Images

Now having 15 Test caps for Wales, Anscombe, 26, who plays for the Cardiff Blues, told The Rugby Paper he wanted to become Wales' general to lead them around the park at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Anscombe said: "Injuries have played a big part since I've been here but over the last six months my body is feeling really good. I seem to be over a lot of niggles, touch wood, that keeps going the way it is.

"I am always trying to improve my game. The club are going through a change of management which isn't great for any player, but it's just part and parcel of the world we live in. I think my game will grow with that as well."

"It's been tough getting used to the style of rugby over here because it is refereed differently and the weather is bad.

"It took me a good year to get accustomed to the style of rugby in Europe, particularly over the Christmas period when it's very wet and colt. You've got to change your mindset slightly.

"It is a little slower here but the collisions are right up there. An up-tempo game suits my skillset but once you get accustomed to the way the game goes you adapt," he said.

Meanwhile, fellow Kiwi and former Blues mid-fielder Hadleigh Parkes has put wedding plans on hold in order to play in the Llanelli Scarlets' Champions Cup quarterfinals on Good Friday against La Rochelle.

Parkes told The Rugby Paper he and his fiancée were looking at suitable dates for their wedding and decided on Easter weekend which would allow them to return to New Zealand for an end-of-summer wedding.

However, Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac pointed out it was quarterfinals weekend so they decided not to book Easter and will now marry at the end of June.

Parkes has made the most of his liaison with Pivac, which began when he played in the Auckland side that Pivac coached before heading to Wales, to win six Wales Test caps.

"If somebody had told me when I was back in New Zealand that I would achieve all I have in Wales I would have told them they were having a laugh," he said.

"I kind of have to pinch myself a little to make myself realise that all this has actually happened. It's gone really well for the Scarlets and to win the PRO12 last season was amazing for the club.

"I think our form has gone up to another level when we have played in Europe. If we can beat La Rochelle it would be an amazing achievement for the club and for all the region," he said.

A factor in the side's success had been improved skill levels enabling interplay between forwards and backs and that was down to training sessions being similar to those of Super Rugby teams in New Zealand.