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Statement throws Dan Biggar's Autumn Nations Series into doubt

By Ian Cameron
Dan Biggar /PA

A Northampton Saints statement this afternoon has thrown doubt on Dan Biggar’s participation in the Autumn Nation Series.

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Biggar, who announced last week that he would be leaving Northampton at the end of the season, was injured in the weekend playing against Wasps in the Gallagher Premiership.

Biggar was withdrawn from the field in the 42nd minute and it has now believed he has a significant injury to his knee.

“Northampton Saints can confirm that Dan Biggar sustained a knee injury during Sunday’s win over Wasps,” a statement reads.

“The 32-year-old fly-half was withdrawn in the 42nd minute and the Club’s medical staff have since consulted a specialist regarding the injury.

“Biggar will continue to be assessed by Saints’ medical department over the coming weeks and his condition reviewed by a specialist ahead of the autumn internationals.”

Biggar made the switch to Saints from the Ospreys ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and has made a big impact at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens – guiding the Club to two top-four finishes in the Gallagher Premiership in four seasons.

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A Test veteran, Biggar brought up his 100th Wales cap during the 2022 Six Nations having been named his country’s captain for the first time early in the new year.

The Welsh flyhalf is leaving Saints at the end of the season though, with director of rugby Phil Dowson revealing financial constraints played a major part in the decision, saying: “It has been well documented that, for this season and next, the salary cap for Premiership clubs is lower than it was previously.

“There is also a reduction in marquee players from two to one, which presents an additional challenge in building a balanced and competitive squad. We have to start putting a longer-term plan for the team in place, so these are all factors we have considered in making this decision.”

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