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Biggar takes over from Jones with most starts for Wales at No 10

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Dan Biggar has overtaken Stephen Jones for the most starts at outside half  with 84 in the coveted Wales No 10 jersey after leading his side against the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld today (Saturday).

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Current Wales backs coach Jones surpassed another member of the Wales coaching team, Neil Jenkins, in becoming the most experienced No10 in Welsh rugby history and now Biggar has taken over the baton.

His 14-year Test career has already seen him become the seventh Welsh centurion after Gareth Thomas, Martyn Williams, Stephen Jones, Gethin Jenkins, Alun Wyn Jones and George North.

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By the end of the year, after the three games in South Africa and the four match Autumn Nations Series at Principality Stadium (New Zealand, Argentina, Georgia and Australia), he could move into third or fourth place on the Welsh all-time list behind Alun Wyn Jones (150), Gethin Jenkins (129), Stephen Jones (104) and George North (102).


Both Jones and Jenkins are currently working with Biggar ahead of the upcoming series against the world champion Springboks and will have plenty of knowledge to pass on. Twenty-five year ago this week, Jenkins famously kicked five penalties to give the 1997 British & Irish Lions a 2-0 lead in the series in an 18-15 series clinching victory.

‘Jenks’ ended up with a then record 41 points in that series – a figure that was overtaken by Leigh Halfpenny in Australia in 2013 when he notched 49. Jones scored 39 points in the 2009 series in South Africa in 2009, including a then record equalling 20 points in the last-gasp defeat at Loftus Versfeld in 2009.

Biggar was the Lions No10 in all three Tests in South Africa last summer, scoring 23 in the series and top scoring with 47 on tour.

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