Nicolas Sanchez replaces injured Gareth Anscombe in Suntory Sungoliath squad

Gareth Anscombe underwent a surgery to address his groin injury
Gareth Anscombe underwent a surgery to address his groin injury

Wales fly-half Gareth Anscombe has had his registration cancelled with Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath following an injury setback.

Anscombe's signing by Suntory Sungoliath was announced in July for the upcoming season but is currently on the sidelines after injuring his groin in the warm-up fixture ahead of Wales' World Cup clash with Georgia.

The 32-year-old confirmed on his social media account that he has underwent a surgery to address the problem and will be out of action for 8 to 10 weeks.

“Devastated to find out the groin injury I sustained around the time of the World Cup meant I required minor surgery, but happy to say it went well and I should be back up and running in the next 8-10 weeks," he posted on X.

"Mixed emotions right now, but I’m focused on getting myself back fit.”

Meanwhile, Suntory Sungoliath has announced that Argentina fly-half Nicolas Sanchez will replace Anscombe for the upcoming campaign.

“The three players registered in Category C for the 2023-24 season are Sam Cain, Cheslin Kolbe, and Nicolas Sanchez. Due to his condition, Sean McMahon was not registered as a player before the start of the season, and Gareth Anscombe’s Category C registration was canceled due to his condition," read a statement from the club.