Transfer News: Two Premiership clubs want Gareth Anscombe

Gareth Anscombe has warned that he and other Grand Slam winners are considering moves to England because of the regional chaos in Welsh rugby.

The versatile back, whose existing national dual contract expires at the end of this season, is a target for Gallagher Premiership clubs Bath and Harlequins.

“We all want to play for Wales – there is no doubt about that – but players need to be treated well, and we deserve to be,” he said.

“We are doing a hell of a lot for the team and the country, so we should be looked after. That needs to get sorted, and as players we deserve to get the best deals possible.

“There is a fair bit going on behind the scenes which needs to get sorted. I would love to keep playing for Wales, but we’ve got to work out a few things, for sure.

“We are a world-class team and we deserve to be where we are. We’re not far off beating anyone, we are No 2 in the world now, so hopefully that gets reciprocated both ways.”

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Although he has been on a national dual contract since he arrived from New Zealand in 2014 and has now become a key starting player in a pivotal position, it is thought Anscombe will not be offered a top level pay rate in the new banding system because he has not made a Lions squad.

It was his 20-point haul that steered Wales to an emphatic victory over Ireland on Saturday, securing the Six Nations title and a first Grand Slam since 2012.

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