Dan Biggar is truly relishing his time in the Top14, basking in the glory of playing in front of enthusiastic crowds each week and enjoying the sunny climate of southern France.
Accompanied by his wife Alex and their two children, the Welsh rugby star has often expressed gratitude for the unwavering support of his childhood sweetheart.
Alex, a former primary school teacher, has showcased her remarkable baking skills through her business, Biggar’s Bakes.
Despite recent speculations in the French media suggesting a potential retirement due to back injury struggles, Biggar’s agent, Tim Lopez, dismissed such claims, affirming that the player is fully focused on concluding the season strongly with Toulon and is committed to the club until the end of his contract next summer.
Addressing the rumors, Lopez stated to WalesOnline” “There’s no substance to the speculation whatsoever. Dan’s focused on ending the season on a high with Toulon and is excited about continuing his journey with the club.”
Adding to the excitement, it was confirmed in the middle of last month that Biggar would join ITV as a pundit for the upcoming Six Nations tournament.
Sharing the pundits’ panel with former teammate Jamie Roberts, he will offer his insights alongside renowned figures like ex-Ireland captains Brian O’Driscoll and Rory Best, as well as England World Cup winners Jonny Wilkinson and Lawrence Dallaglio.
Well-known for his analytical prowess, Biggar, who has contributed columns to the Daily Mail, is set to bring his expertise and deep understanding of the game to the viewers throughout the tournament.
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NIGEL OWENS RUGBY DREAM XV:
Fullback: Israel Folau (Australia)
Owens said: “For me, it’s nip and tuck between Halfpenny and Folau, next to nothing to choose between them. Leigh is brilliant because under the high ball and with his kicking at goal under pressure. He may not always break the line when running but puts his body on the line in defence and is a top-notch match-winner.
“But I go for Folau – only just, I should stress – because of his ability to seemingly beat his man every time he gets the ball in his hand. He’s such an exciting player and like Leigh he is one of the best under the high ball.
“It’s a toss of a coin for me… and it’s come down in Folau’s favour.”
Winger: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
Owens said: “How can you fail to be impressed when watching Hogg play. He’s so exciting as he burst into that line and, of course, was named Six Nations player of the tournament.
“I know he’s a full-back for Scotland, but he is so quick and direct he could easily play on the wing. He reminds me a bit of Shane Williams with some of the things he does.
“When you see who is on the other wing in my team, you’ll see how they would work brilliantly in tandem.”
Outside-centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
Owens said: “Not only is he one of the greatest centres in the history of rugby union but he’s a fantastic man off the field as well. O’Driscoll has been a wonderful ambassador for the sport and a real leader. He always respected referees and set the right example for others to follow.
“A legend of the game who conducted himself superbly, on and off the pitch.”
Inside-centre: Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)
Owens said: “He’s another brilliant player and after every game, win or lose, he would come up and give me a hug. Ma’a has always found time at after-match functions or at breakfast if we’ve been staying at the same hotel to come over and have a chat.
“What a player, mind, too. One of the stalwarts of the New Zealand side for so many years.”
Winger: Shane Williams (Wales)
Owens said: “When people ask me who is the best player I have refereed it’s pretty much an impossible task to pick one because I’ve been lucky enough to take charge of so many greats.
“But if I’m pushed, I would pick Shane for what he achieved after coming from football at 17 or 18 years of age.
“He was in the mould of Gerald Davies in how he left defenders gasping for air as he beat them with those dazzling sidesteps. Nobody would fancy defending against a back three of Shane, Hogg and Folau, I can tell you that.”