Toulon: Is Dan Biggar a good move?

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Toulon: Is Dan Biggar a good move?

The Rugby Club Toulonnais has formalized the signing of Dan Biggar until the end of the season. Currently injured in the knee, the opener of Wales will be available at the end of November. The recruitment of an opening half was almost compulsory. Since the start of the season, the RCT could only count on its new recruit Ihaia West from La Rochelle, who chained seven matches out of nine possible.

Scrum half Baptiste Serin helped out twice and the other scrum half Benoît Paillaugue also got stuck during the match. But these options have never really been very conclusive. Toulon were looking for a renowned player and Dan Biggar, released by Northampton, had the profile they were looking for.

“The arrival of a player of this stature can only be beneficial judge ex-opener Jonathan Wisniewski. Biggar will bring the top level. » Inevitably, from the height of his 33 years and 106 selections with Wales, of which he was captain, it is difficult to find better. Add to that three victories in the Tournament (2013, 2019 and 2021) including a Grand Slam (2019), two World Cup appearances (2015 and 2019), a tour with the British Lions (2021) and more than six hundred points inscribed, it poses the character.

“Dan Biggar is not the spectacular opener who will cross the field. But he plays fair, perfectly masters the alternation and the management of strong and weak times.

Jonathan Wisniewski, ex-opener.

“This position requires experience and mastery continues Wisniewski today consultant on Canal Plus. Biggar has it. It’s a typical British ten with a great quality of footwork, especially against the poles. » Wisniewski, who knew Pierre Mignoni well at Lyon, believes that Biggar corresponds to the game advocated by the RCT manager: “Mignoni likes pragmatism, simplicity, that his opener makes the others play. Biggar is in this line. He respects the game plan to the letter. It is not the spectacular opener who will cross the field. But he plays fair, perfectly masters the alternation and the management of strong and weak times. With West, who knows the Top 14 very well, it can be the right duo. His arrival can allow Toulon to take an additional step and find the final phase. »

A new environment

A question remains, however. Will Dan Biggar quickly adapt to his new environment? Despite his injury, the opener is currently with his selection during the November tests. He will not land in Toulon until the end of November. A time of adaptation and acclimatization will be necessarily necessary. “The Welsh people who have made it into the Top 14 are very few, also underlines Jonathan Wisniewski. Not to mention that he is no longer very young. »

If Gareth Thomas had made the heyday of Stade Toulousain (2004 to 2007), the following did not have the same success. If Luke Charteris (Perpignan and Racing) and Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon) have done well, Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts have not left their mark on their time at Racing. “With an experienced staff (Mignoni and Azema) who has already coached players like Biggar, there is no doubt that by finding the right balance, the experience and aura of the Welshman can bring a little more decisive to the RCT. »

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