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Dan Biggar warns Wales are ready for battle with England

Published 25/09/2015

Dan Biggar says Wales are in confident mood ahead of Saturday's World Cup clash against England
Dan Biggar says Wales are in confident mood ahead of Saturday's World Cup clash against England

Dan Biggar says that Wales will arrive at Twickenham confident and ready for battle in Saturday's heavyweight World Cup clash against England.

"We are trying to stay in our own bubble and focus on another game of rugby," Wales fly-half Biggar said.

"We are fully aware of what is at stake. We've played against these players time after time, and once kick-off comes it will be another game.

"It gets hyped up. We are trying to prove to everyone that's written us off that we've got a good shout in this game. We're a confident outfit.

"We didn't play so well here two years ago, and it was a close one seven months ago at the Millennium Stadium. We are fully aware of how difficult the challenge will be, but we certainly won't have any doubts in our mind."

Wales head into the Pool A encounter facing a reshaped England midfield of Owen Farrell, Sam Burgess and Brad Barritt, with head coach Stuart Lancaster having dropped fly-half George Ford to the bench and finding himself without star-quality centre Jonathan Joseph.

Much has been made of the physical presence that Burgess offers, yet Biggar was keen to talk up Wales' powerful midfield combination of Jamie Roberts and Scott Williams during Friday's pre-match press conference at Twickenham.

"We are fully aware they (England centres) are going to come down the 12 channel, and Burgess is an off-load threat as well." Biggar added.

"We can stop that at source at set-piece if we can nick a couple of lineouts. We have been working on a few things, if we can keep the ball away from them a little bit and move them around a bit.

"They are both very good defenders, so we've got to try to read them as best as possible. They're both quite physical, and we will have to be a bit more delicate in how we handle it. It's about concentrating on what we do.

"As a 10, you are used to some big centres running hard down your channel.

"We have two pretty good centres ourselves, and I am not sure if anyone has mentioned them."

Wales' recent record against England is mixed, having destroyed them by a record 30-3 margin in 2013, but then lost at Twickenham the following season and on home soil last February.

But they have toppled England twice on Twickenham soil since Warren Gatland took over as head coach, and victory this weekend would put them in pole position with regard to a race for World Cup quarter-final places.

"We have checked everything off for what England will bring and what we have done well, and that's what we are trying to replicate and get better at," Biggar said.

"We look back at those games over the last few years, but it's on the night. It is a World Cup game away from home, so it's going to be really different."

Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins, meanwhile, praised the qualities of England fly-half rivals Farrell and Ford.

"George had a very good Six Nations, while Owen has played very well against us in the past," former Wales number 10 Jenkins said.

"He (Farrell) is a very good all-round player, very solid in defence and with an excellent kicking game. I am sure George is very unlucky and unhappy with the decision, but I am sure Owen would have been if he had not been involved.

"If there are 20,000 (Wales) supporters in tomorrow, there will be fantastic noise and it's going to be a fantastic atmosphere.

"It's the game of the World Cup at this moment in time. I just hope those Welsh fans are singing throughout the game and still at the end."

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