Biggar likely to return for NZ

Date published: November 10 2014

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Wales fly-half Dan Biggar should be fit for the final two November Tests against New Zealand and South Africa in Cardiff.

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar should be fit for the final two November Tests against New Zealand and South Africa in Cardiff.

The fly-half was forced on in Wales’ 28-33 defeat to Australia last Saturday with a groin issue.

Gloucester back James Hook has been called up provide cover in the squad, with Rhys Patchell also out for two months.

Howley is optimistic over Biggar, with Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams and Dan Baker all back in contention.

“I’d expect Dan to be available, if not for this weekend, then definitely the last two games,” Howley told the BBC.

“Competition for places is key.

“It’s nice to have them [Davies, Williams and Baker] back. It’s nice to have decisions to make in terms of selections.

“James [Hook] comes in with an open chance [of starting against Fiji]. Rhys [Priestland] will probably start with James possibly on the bench.

“It’s nice to have Hooky in the squad, and I’m sure James will want the opportunity to say ‘I should have been selected in the squad in the first place’.”

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