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Rugby World Cup 2023: Dan Biggar marks powerful day with ‘particular’ Wales win in opposition to Fiji

Dan Biggar is Wales' fourth most capped player
Dan Biggar is Wales’ fourth most capped participant
Venue: Stade de Good, Good Date: Saturday, 16 Sept Kick-off: 16:45 BST
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Wales fly-half Dan Biggar has mirrored on a big day after producing a man-of-the-match efficiency in Sunday’s opening World Cup victory over Fiji.

The Bordeaux match marked the birthday of his mom Liz who died in 2021.

“It was not a lot in the course of the match, however I discovered it troublesome as a result of she would have been right here making a giant weekend of it,” stated Biggar.

“I suppose it was additional particular and behind my thoughts as a result of for me personally it was a very powerful day.”

Biggar, 33, kicked 12 factors earlier than strolling gingerly off the sector after 65 minutes. The Toulon fly-half, who will retire from worldwide rugby on the finish of the marketing campaign, has been affected by a again harm, however insists there isn’t any long-term injury.

“It was most likely one thing I wanted to focus and take my thoughts off it slightly bit… it was fairly powerful,” stated Biggar.

Warren Gatland and Dan Biggar with the Prince of Wales in the changing room after victory over Fiji in Bordeaux
Warren Gatland and Dan Biggar with the Prince of Wales within the altering room after victory over Fiji in Bordeaux

“I’ve had slightly little bit of a again problem for the previous few weeks and simply strained {that a} bit below a good bit of fatigue.

“Hopefully with a quiet couple of days, I’ll pull up for coaching on the finish a part of the week.”

Wales led 32-14 in Bordeaux when Biggar left the sector earlier than Fiji virtually snatched a dramatic victory with a late fightback.

Warren Gatland’s aspect made greater than 250 tackles as they held on for an exhilarating 32-26 win that strengthened hopes of reaching a fourth successive World Cup quarter-final.

“It was worrying,” admitted Biggar.

“I believed we had been residence and comparatively comfy, however we are inclined to make issues laborious.

“We stated after the sport it is World Cup rugby and the one factor that mattered was the end result.

“Everybody had been speaking about this recreation from a Welsh standpoint for a very long time.

“There was a variety of stress on this group and a variety of issues written. Individuals stated we weren’t adequate to win, Fiji had been favourites.

“We had been nowhere close to excellent, however you noticed the character, need and dedication of the group. We by no means gave in, scrapped for all the pieces and that is what this group is about. It was sensible we had been capable of grind it out.”

Biggar has revealed England’s stirring victory over Argentina helped underpin Wales’ mindset as they dug deep in adversity.

England’s demolition job on the Pumas 24 hours earlier, which got here regardless of them having flanker Tom Curry despatched off in the course of the early minutes, didn’t go unnoticed within the Wales camp.

“England had been completely magnificent after taking place to 14 males,” stated Biggar.

“It was virtually just like the crimson card was higher for England than Argentina, it galvanised them and so they completely labored their socks off.

“It was good for us watching that recreation as a group. We spoke about having the same mindset, whether or not we lose a participant or go down a bit, nonetheless working your socks off.”

Distinction of opinions

Biggar demonstrated his trademark emotional aspect, on a few events he shouted at long-time team-mate and fellow 100-cap worldwide George North for attempting to expire of defence.

Wales coach Gatland says he had no points with such confrontations and Biggar insists they’d a joke about within the altering room afterwards.

“We have performed sufficient collectively now and I will make zero apologies for that,” stated Biggar.

“I feel I should have instructed everybody the identical factor sooner or later together with myself to be sincere!

“We have grown slightly bit in that division as a group, to not a lot get pleasure from confrontation, however embrace it for what it’s.

“We now have to set requirements and be accountable and I hope that brings good components out of individuals in addition to myself.

“Typically I would like it to vent slightly bit as nicely! That is definitely not the primary and it most likely will not be my final earlier than my time is up.”

Wales’ win in opposition to Fiji has seen them rise two locations to eighth in World Rugby’s rankings.

Wales have travelled to Good to face Portugal subsequent Saturday earlier than additional group video games in opposition to Australia in Lyon on 24 September and Georgia in Nantes 13 days later.

The Wales fly-half insists his squad should not chill out within the stunning environment of the Cote d’Azur the place Biggar now resides shut by, having joined Toulon in 2022.

“It is vital we focus this week, particularly going to a really good place in Good, which might flip right into a little bit of a vacation mode and that is the precise reverse of what we want,” stated Biggar.

“We most likely want a good bit of labor on the coaching pitch and again that Fiji end result up in opposition to Portugal, which goes to be a troublesome recreation.

“We’re off to a great begin. If we win subsequent weekend, it would develop into a very good begin and we will construct in direction of the ultimate two video games.”



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