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Neil Jenkins predicts bright future for Wales star Dan Biggar

Published 02/10/2015

Scott Baldwin says Wales are hungry to finish top of Pool A and go through the group stages unbeaten
Scott Baldwin says Wales are hungry to finish top of Pool A and go through the group stages unbeaten

Neil Jenkins believes the best is yet to come from Wales' World Cup playmaker and prolific marksman Dan Biggar.

The Ospreys fly-half has run the show for Wales during their Pool A victories over England and Fiji, landing 13 out of 13 kicks at goal, and the team's sights are now firmly set on a quarter-final place.

Unbeaten Wales will reach the last eight if Australia see off England at Twickenham on Saturday, but an England success would leave Biggar and company needing to avoid defeat when they tackle the Wallabies in eight days' time, or they would face probable elimination.

"From a young age you could tell Dan was going to play for Wales," said Jenkins, skills coach and his country's record points-scorer.

"He would probably have told you straight away he was going to be a Wales international and a British and Irish Lion. I am sure that is on the horizon.

"He has matured over the last few years and is playing so well. When you see him playing in the PRO12, he actually makes it look easy.

"I think the next level was for him to dictate like that in a Welsh shirt, and I think he has done that.

"He is a massive player for Wales at this moment in time and a real go-to man. He has taken the team by the scruff of the neck and he makes good decisions.

"I think there is a lot more to come from him yet.

"He has only really come to the fore since 2013, yet he was really unlucky not to have gone on the Lions tour (to Australia) that year. But there were quite a few good number 10s at that time.

"He didn't really play in 2014, but he has come back in this last year and has been exceptional. He is only going to get better.

"I wouldn't say he is too far away from being one of the best 10s in the world. I think he has the desire to be the best in the world, and he is certainly going the right way about it."

Wales look to have emerged injury-free from what Jenkins described as a "brutal Test match" against Fiji.

A 23-13 win took them top of the group, and after seeing their World Cup campaign scarred by injury setbacks - head coach Warren Gatland has lost the services of original squad members Leigh Halfpenny, Scott Williams, Rhys Webb, Cory Allen and Hallam Amos - Jenkins reported no fresh concerns.

"We will be okay," Jenkins added.

"We have got a nice turnaround, and the boys can look forward to this weekend and then look forward to a big Test match against Australia next weekend.

"It was a brutal Test match last night. We have got the job done and we have won and we can look forward to the game next week."

Attention will now turn to Twickenham on Saturday, when England know they will be knocked out just 15 days into the tournament if Australia prevail.

"I am not going to be at Twickenham," Jenkins said. "I will be watching it in the house.

"We get enough in terms of analysis with all the cameras and views we get. So, it is a lot easier to stay around here, feet up and look forward to tomorrow's game.

"What will be will be. Whatever happens tomorrow night, we have got to turn up a week on Saturday and win.

"Even if England did lose tomorrow night and go out, we will still be looking forward to the Australia game.

"It's a game we want to win because we want to go through as group winners. I think the focus for us is on a week Saturday."

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