Cardiff Blues: Hammett wants to keep Patchell and Anscombe

Mark Hammett
Mark Hammett left the Hurricanes in New Zealand to take charge of Cardiff Blues

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett says he wants to keep fly-halves Rhys Patchell and Gareth Anscombe at the region.

This season's arrival of Anscombe means Wales international Patchell might have to switch to full-back or centre.

Regardless of where they will play, Hammett believes there is room for both in the Blues' squad.

"They're both great blokes, so naturally I do [want to keep them]," he said.

"That [their positions] will be determined week to week. There are some good headaches."

New Zealand-born Anscombe has made seven appearances for the Blues since joining from Waikato Chiefs.

Rhys Patchell has played second fiddle to Gareth Anscombe as Cardiff Blues fly-half so far this season
Rhys Patchell has played second fiddle to Gareth Anscombe as Cardiff Blues fly-half so far this season

Like Patchell, the Wales-qualified 23-year-old can also play at full-back but has featured predominantly at fly-half so far for the Blues.

Patchell, 21, is currently injured but is expected to be available for the Blues' European Challenge Cup match against Rovigo on Friday, 16 January.

Even with Anscombe potentially limiting Patchell's opportunities at fly-half, Hammett is confident the latter will stay.

"Players have ambitions but they have contracts and contract terms," he added.

"From my perspective, Patch is with us right through to the end of next season."

Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland has announced he will join English Premiership side Bath after his current Scarlets contract expires.

Despite the future fly-half vacancy at Parc y Scarlets, Hammett wants Patchell to stay and fight for his place with Anscombe.

"That's part of being a professional sportsman. There's always competition," said Hammett.

"Hopefully it always pushed you further. Whoever is starting has that pressure of having to keep improving.

"Through the competitions, individuals get their opportunities. It's really important they both take them."

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