Good news for Wales as fly-half should be fit for Six Na­tions opener DAN’S IN­JURY NOT AS BAD AS FEARED

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NORTHAMP­TON di­rec­tor of rugby Chris Boyd has eased Wales’s in­jury fears over Dan Big­gar ahead of the Six Na­tions.

The fly-half limped off after 10 min­utes at the Stade Mar­cel Miche­lin dur­ing Northamp­ton’s Euro­pean Chal­lenge Cup de­feat by Cler­mont Au­vergne, spark­ing fears he could be a doubt for Wales’s Six Na­tions opener against France on Fe­bru­ary 1.

But Boyd had some pos­i­tive news for War­ren Gat­land, who names his squad for the Six Na­tions to­mor­row.

“I don’t think there is any need for any mas­sive con­cern. Dan sus­tained what is prob­a­bly a mi­nor knee twist,” said Boyd.

“He is a real war­rior and wanted to carry on but that was not go­ing to hap­pen. The med­i­cal peo­ple I have spo­ken to say they don’t see that as a sig­nif­i­cant in­jury at all.”

Sixty-five-cap Big­gar has lost his start­ing place in Gat­land’s side, with Cardiff Blues play­maker Gareth An­scombe start­ing three of the four Tests last au­tumn.

But the for­mer Ospreys star has been in im­pres­sive form in re­cent weeks, post­ing big points hauls in wins over Worces­ter War­riors and Premier­ship lead­ers Ex­eter Chiefs.

And with Rhys Patchell fac­ing a bat­tle to be fit for the Six Na­tions, Gat­land will be hop­ing that the man from Gow­er­ton can stay fit to vie for the 10 jer­sey with An­scombe.

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