Dan Biggar has let slip the unusual lengths he is going to in keeping his kicking ticking over during rugby’s lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Wales out-half last played on March 7 when Wayne Pivac’s side were beaten by England at Twickenham and with the sport now on ice for the foreseeable future, he has been come up with some novels way to keep himself in the groove.
“We’re lucky and have some fields out the back of the house where I can practice my kicking a little bit, and the farmer is allowing us to use some of his space as well, so I can do some training in there too,” explained the Saints No10 in an interview with the Northampton Chronicle.
“I’m actually taking a week or so to rest my knee at the moment and get back to full fitness, but then for however long we are cooped up for, all the players are making sure we keep up with whatever we need to.”
With rugby in cold storage, Northampton are among the ten Gallagher Premiership club to have publicly confirmed a 25 per cent wage cut for players and while there are rumblings of possible legal action at other clubs, Biggar was rather more philosophical about the issue.
“These are incredibly tough times for everyone at the moment – families, livelihoods, businesses, and everything else too. The bottom line is that everyone at Saints is in this together, and this is the least we can do for the club.
“At the end of the day, there are far more important things going on at the minute than a little bit of wage reduction, and we’ve got to stick together and get on with it. Everyone needs to listen to the guidance we’ve been given, and stay safe at home.”
Biggar is playing his part on that front, admitting TV re-runs of old Premier League football highlights are currently feeding his sports habit during the shutdown.
“I’m a bit of a football nause at the moment and I’m really enjoying watching the Premier League years back from the early 2000s,” he explained.
“That’s what on my TV quite a lot at the moment. I’m a big Manchester United fan so I’ve had some tough years to put up with recently, but they look like they are back on the up now.”
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