Wales’ Dan Biggar believes the depth of players available stands his country in good stead ahead of the 2019 World Cup. The fly-half is about to begin a new chapter in his domestic career, after choosing to leave boyhood club Ospreys and join Northampton Saints in the English Premiership.
Biggar chose to take the summer off to adapt to his surroundings, and, in his absence, both Gareth Anscombe and Rhys Patchell showed they can guide the team from number 10 in the clean sweep over South Africa and Argentina.
The 28-year-old truly came of age at the last World Cup in 2015 and looks likely to start for his country next year in Japan.
Warren Gatland made a point of trying to build depth within his squad after seeing his side reach the quarter-finals at the last global showpiece, despite a string of injuries and his main playmaker believes the policy could pay dividends in their quest to win Wales’ maiden Webb Ellis Cup.
“I think Welsh rugby is in a really good place in terms of the national team when you look across the board from Nos 1-15,” he said. “The World Cup is a huge, huge aim for me. I’ve said all along that playing for Wales is the biggest thing in my career. I put it above playing for the Lions because it is what I’ve always dreamt of doing growing up.
“The boys had a good summer and those players who didn’t go are really refreshed. That means we are all in a good place leading into the World Cup.”