Jenkins backs ‘tough nut’ Biggar

Date published: February 17 2016

Wales kicking coach Neil Jenkins has admitted his fly-half Dan Biggar will have to "front up" if he is targeted by France in their upcoming Six Nations fixture.

Jenkins was speaking to the media and answering questions after Ireland number ten Jonathan Sexton received a couple of late hits in Paris.

And ahead of the Welshmen's third round clash with les Bleus in Cardiff, the former British and Irish Lions full-back was asked about his ten.

"It's part and parcel of the game," said Jenkins, who believes Biggar can cope with any specific treatment that comes from the opposition.

"Players as good as Johnny and Dan have to realise they are in the firing line. It's hard to protect these players in the game today.

"You've just got to get on with it, front up and what will be will be. Dan is a tough old nut and let's hope he keeps playing well. But, in terms of sides targeting him, that's a positive on our part because it shows how well he's actually playing."

Jenkins added: "Can you hide him? Teams have split set-ups and Ireland and Scotland kicked to Dan whether he was on the left, on the right or down the middle. Unless we put him behind the posts and give him a seat in the crowd we can't hide him!

"If they want to target Dan they can. He's big enough and strong enough to deal with that, he'll just have to get on with the game and take that as a compliment."