Wales number eight Faletau ruled out of World Cup

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Gareth Anscombe in Wales trainingGareth Anscombe had been due to start against Georgia after shining as a replacement against Australia

Fly-half Gareth Anscombe and number eight Taulupe Faletau are injury concerns following Wales' 43-19 World Cup win against Georgia.

Faletau was forced off with an arm injury in the second half of the victory.

Anscombe suffered a groin problem in the warm-up that ruled him out of their final Pool C game in Nantes.

The fly-half picked up his injury while practicing kicking and left the field in distress.

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Sam Costelow replaced Anscombe in the starting XV, with Dan Biggar coming onto the replacements' bench.

Biggar himself was not initially selected for the Georgia game after suffering a pectoral injury against Australia.

Anscombe had replaced Biggar in the early stages of the win over the Wallabies 13 days ago and produced a man-of-the-match performance by kicking 23 points.

"He [Anscombe] did some kicking before the game and felt something in his groin before kick-off, we will assess that," Wales head coach Warren Gatland told ITV.

"With Taulupe Faletau, I haven't spoken to the medics but it didn't look great, did it?"

Wales' win has set up a quarter-final in Marseille on Saturday, 14 October, almost certainly against Argentina or Japan.

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