Dan Biggar: You never own the Wales jersey but have to earn it each time

The fly-half put his past behind him last year as he enjoyed a breakthrough for both his national side and Ospreys

Size has been a factor behind Wales’ selection of the back division in the Warren Gatland era and at fly-half it is now a case of the Biggar the better. A position which had become one of concern following Rhys Priestland’s run of injuries and his subsequent loss of confidence has been filled by a player who, while not possessing the ethereal quality of Barry John or the quick feet of Phil Bennett, has chutzpah and no lack of self-belief.

Dan Biggar was 19 when he made his international debut in 2008 but it was not until 2014 that he could call the Wales jersey his own. It was a breakthrough year for the Osprey whose early, sporadic appearances for his country were characterised by a determination to make his mark that tended to lead to costly mistakes and raised questions about his ability to control himself never mind a Test match.

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