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Dan Biggar responds to Toulon president's comments over imminent exit

By Josh Raisey
Dan Biggar of RC Toulon leaves the field for a Head Injury Assessment during the EPCR Challenge Cup Final between Glasgow Warriors and RC Toulon at Aviva Stadium on May 19, 2023 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Toulon fly-half Dan Biggar has said that he “can’t imagine any other outcome” other than playing at the Stade Mayol next season after the club’s president Bernard Lemaitre recently hinted that he may not see out his contract.

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The Welsh centurion, 34, has another year left on his contract, but an ongoing back issue since November has hurt both his playing time and form. With that in mind, Lamaitre raised the notion during an interview in March of ending his contract a year early.

He said: “Since his back injury, Dan has struggled to come back. He is better, but has not returned to his best level. Not even last year’s. It’s difficult for a champion of this size. He still wants to play, to complete his contract. We will see in the coming months.”

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The former Wales captain responded to those comments recently when talking to French publication var-martin, downplaying any exit rumours and assuring that “everything is fine”.

“Lots of people said to me: ‘Did you see what the president said about you?'” he said.

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“He’s in his role, it doesn’t matter. I’ve been playing at a high level for 16 years, I’m used to it. Pierre [Mignoni] called me to see how I was doing. But I’m fine! There is no problem.

“Here, everything is different so that speaks a lot. I will be there next year! I can’t imagine any other outcome. I want to win for this club and its supporters because I love living here, playing in Toulon and coming to the Campus every day.”

Unfortunately for Biggar, the clip of him collapsing to the floor in pain while taking a place kick went viral last year. The former Ospreys and Northampton Saints No10 explained that the injury was the byproduct of an intense 2023 schedule.

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“After the World Cup, it was difficult,” he said.

“There wasn’t a day I felt good.

“After Wales were eliminated in the quarter-finals, I took a week off and started again with the RCT. However, it was a little too early. If I could have taken a few more days to breathe more, it would have been better.

“In one year, I completed the start of the season with Northampton, my transfer to Toulon and the Top 14 season, the Six Nations Tournament, summer preparation then the World Cup.

“This is unusual for me. I paid the bill in Perpignan at the beginning of November.”

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Biggar looks to have put his injury issues to bed for the time being, and started in Toulon’s last outing- a 46-10 win over Bayonne in the Top 14. They have another weekend’s break before hosting giants Toulouse on April 20.

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Diarmid 9 hours ago
Players and referees must cut out worrying trend in rugby – Andy Goode

The guy had just beasted himself in a scrum and the blood hadn't yet returned to his head when he was pushed into a team mate. He took his weight off his left foot precisely at the moment he was shoved and dropped to the floor when seemingly trying to avoid stepping on Hyron Andrews’ foot. I don't think he was trying to milk a penalty, I think he was knackered but still switched on enough to avoid planting 120kgs on the dorsum of his second row’s foot. To effectively “police” such incidents with a (noble) view to eradicating play acting in rugby, yet more video would need to be reviewed in real time, which is not in the interest of the game as a sporting spectacle. I would far rather see Farrell penalised for interfering with the refereeing of the game. Perhaps he was right to be frustrated, he was much closer to the action than the only camera angle I've seen, however his vocal objection to Rodd’s falling over doesn't legitimately fall into the captain's role as the mouthpiece of his team - he should have kept his frustration to himself, that's one of the pillars of rugby union. I appreciate that he was within his rights to communicate with the referee as captain but he didn't do this, he moaned and attempted to sway the decision by directing his complaint to the player rather than the ref. Rugby needs to look closely at the message it wants to send to young players and amateur grassroots rugby. The best way to do this would be to apply the laws as they are written and edit them where the written laws no longer apply. If this means deleting laws such as ‘the put in to the scrum must be straight”, so be it. Likewise, if it is no longer necessary to respect the referee’s decision without questioning it or pre-emptively attempting to sway it (including by diving or by shouting and gesticulating) then this behaviour should be embraced (and commercialised). Otherwise any reference to respecting the referee should be deleted from the laws. You have to start somewhere to maintain the values of rugby and the best place to start would be giving a penalty and a warning against the offending player, followed by a yellow card the next time. People like Farrell would rapidly learn to keep quiet and let their skills do the talking.

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