Today’s rugby news as Gareth Anscombe’s new club announced and another Wales Six Nations place in doubt

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Here are the latest rugby headlines on Friday, July 21.

Anscombe’s new club announced

Gareth Anscombe will be joining Japan’s Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath after the Rugby World Cup, it has been announced.

The Wales fly-half, 32, left the Ospreys at the end of last season after joining from Cardiff in 2019.

He adds to Welsh rugby’s regional exodus next term, but will join Kubota Spears-bound Liam Williams and Japan-based Cory Hill in playing in the country next season.

Anscombe is currently bidding to head to the 2023 World Cup in France.

Japan’s domestic season takes place in the opening months of 2024, meaning Anscombe is unlikely to be available for next year’s Six Nations tournament. Liam Williams is already ruled out of that tournament given his contract in Japan.

“It is a great honour coming to play for a team like Sungoliath, I can’t wait to get over to Japan and play in front of the fans and experience the Japanese lifestyle and culture,” said Anscombe. “I look forward to joining the team later in the year and getting stuck in with the boys.”

Sexton faces ‘difficult’ return

Johnny Sexton’s former teammate has warned him that he could find his return to rugby “very, very difficult” after he was handed a three-match ban ahead of the World Cup.

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