Ospreys and Wales fly-half Dan Biggar has become the first player to re-sign a National Dual Contract (NDC) after committing his future to his region and in Wales.
The 26-year-old, who starred for Wales at the Rugby World Cup, has signed a new NDC, which will see him remain at his home-town region, with an option through until the 2019 RWC.
Biggar, who signed his initial NDC back in March 2015, has put pen to paper on a new long-term deal to become the first of the 17 National Dual Contracted players to re-sign.
The Group Chief Executive of the WRU, Martyn Phillips, said: “We are delighted Dan has committed his future to the Ospreys and will be remaining in Wales.
“It is another landmark moment for National Dual Contracts in Wales as Dan becomes the first player to re-sign a deal and it is evidence of our close working relationship with the Region to ensure our top players remain in Wales.”
Dan Biggar said: “It’s taken a little while to get to the point where everyone is happy with the deal, but I’m glad to have the next couple of years sorted and I can continue to play for Wales and, week in, week out, for the Ospreys. Hopefully others will follow suit and we can continue to grow a strong player base in Wales.”
“To have secured his services on a new NDC is a significant landmark that sends out a strong message about our business and the working relationship we have with the WRU.”
Seventeen players currently on National Dual contracts in Wales. Last month Jonathan Davies returned to Wales and the Scarlets on a NDC to join four Ospreys, Scott Baldwin, James King, Dan Baker and Rory Thornton, who recently signed deals.
The players already contracted were Sam Warburton, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Dan Lydiate, Scott Williams, Jake Ball, Samson Lee, Rhodri Jones, Tyler Morgan, Hallam Amos and Gareth Anscombe already signed up.
The National Dual Contract structure has been agreed by the WRU and the four Regions under the terms of their joint Rugby Services Agreement in order to keep the best playing talent in Wales playing for one of the four professional Welsh teams.