SIX NATIONS: Biggar set to face England
INJURY UPDATE: Northampton coach Chris Boyd is optimistic Wales’ Dan Biggar will be fit to face England in the Six Nations next weekend.
The flyhalf limped off during their 67-17 thrashing of Sale in the English Premiership on Saturday, however, coach Boyd is confident he will be fit for the Six Nations title-decider.
Despite Biggar going off after just 20 minutes with his knee heavily strapped, the Saints still ran in nine tries to the delight of the Franklin’s Gardens faithful.
South Africa’s Cobus Reinach led the way with two tries before Tom Wood and Tom Collins also crossed.
The second half saw the Saints run in further tries through Ahsee Tuala, Taqele Naiyaravoro, George Furbank, Rory Hutchinson and Collins.
Both Wales and England head into their clash in Cardiff a week on Saturday having won both their opening matches in the Six Nations, with their meeting at the Principality Stadium shaping up as a potential title-decider.
Wales are already set to be without one ace goalkicker due to the ongoing absence of fullback Leigh Halfpenny and will be desperate not to lose another in Biggar, who has been vying for the Test No.10 shirt with Gareth Anscombe.
But Boyd said: “Dan came out of Wales against Italy game with a really low-grade medial collateral ligament injury. He was keen to play.
“He took a tiny tweak on that and in view of his involvement next weekend, there was some pressure from England to leave him out there!,” the Saints boss jokingly added.
“It was precautionary and he just irritated what was a minor thing. I don’t see much in that at all. He could have stayed on but at that stage we thought we’d bring him off.”
Asked if Biggar would be fit to face England, Boyd replied: “I’d think so. I’m not a medical man but I can’t see any reason why he can’t be,”