Biggar backed for Wales place

  • Last Updated: December 12 2012, 11:16 GMT

The Ospreys are backing Dan Biggar to fill Wales' number 10 jersey following the long-term injury to Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland.

Dan Biggar: Backed by the Ospreys
Dan Biggar: Backed by the Ospreys

The 25-year-old has been ruled out of next year's Six Nations after undergoing surgery on Tuesday to repair the ruptured Achilles tendon he sustained in their weekend Heineken Cup defeat to Exeter.

Priestland is out of next year's Six Nations for Wales, while he is also doubtful for the Lions tour of Australia next summer.

Biggar and Perpignan's James Hook are the early favourites to replace Priestland on the international stage and Ospreys backs coach Gruff Rees believes he is the man for the job.

"I think Dan is ready," Rees told the South Wales Evening Post. "I'd back him 100 per cent for that Welsh shirt.

"There were frustrations for him in the autumn and he returned to us a bit rusty in one or two technical areas, but he has added so much to his attacking game.

"We know he is a good ten tactically because he has been spot-on from the end of last season through to the early months of this term."

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