Dan Biggar clutches injured back mid-conversion kick in concerning video

Jared Wright
Wales fly-half Dan Biggar injures himself while attempting a conversion for Toulon.

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar injures himself while attempting a conversion for Toulon.

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar’s return to Toulon was cut short on Saturday evening when he was forced off the pitch early in the Top 14 match against Perpignan.

Biggar lasted just 10 minutes on his return after representing Wales at the Rugby World Cup.

Biggar injury

The veteran playmaker had made a promising start to the game as he caught the Perpignan defence napping when he spotted that Charles Ollivon was unmarked on the right-hand side of the pitch.

Toulon had a penalty and looked to kick to touch to the left before Biggar pivoted and nailed a lovely cross-field kick to Ollivon’s bread basket. The French flanker had little to do as he flopped over the line to give his side a 5-3 lead.

However, it was when he looked to convert the try that Biggar sustained the injury. He went through his usual kicking routine, but just as he was about to strike the ball, he pulled up in what looked like excruciating pain as he fell to the ground.

The medics rushed onto the pitch to attend to the experienced playmaker, and while they did bring the stretcher for Biggar, he was able to get back to his feet and hobble off the pitch.

It was uncomfortable viewing for Biggar, who admitted when he announced his retirement before the World Cup that he is starting to feel the effects of rugby on his body more.

“To be brutally honest, my body has started to feel more like a 33-year-old’s in the last 12 months. I still feel great on the pitch, but the recovery days and the days off are getting a little harder,” he wrote in his Mail Sport column confirming his retirement.

“I’ve always wanted to stop on my own terms. If I don’t retire myself, then I know I will get pushed out eventually … I have seen so many great players get phased out by injury or selection, and I didn’t want that to happen to me.”

Marvin Orie debuts as Perpignan finally win

Enzo Herve would replace Biggar in what proved to be a forgetful game for Toulon as they became the first team to lose to Perpignan this season.

Italian fly-half Tommaso Allan continued his fine form off the tee from the World Cup, and while he did miss one shot at goal, he knocked over four penalties and a conversion as Perpignan secured a narrow 26-22 victory.

Rugby World Cup-winning lock Marvin Orie also came off the bench for Perpignan after passing up the opportunity to celebrate the trophy tour back in South Africa to join his new club – which had lost three games in a row.

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