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Biggar is a 'wonderful talent' - Jones

Dan Biggar has been hailed as "a wonderful talent" ahead of his return to the international arena.

Ospreys fly-half Biggar will line up for Wales against the Barbarians on Saturday aiming to maintain a rich vein of form. Fresh from landing a touchline conversion that gave the Ospreys RaboDirect PRO12 title glory at the expense of European champions Leinster last weekend, he makes an eagerly-awaited return in Wales' number 10 jersey.

Wales colleague Ryan Jones, who will pack down at number eight on Saturday, said: "Dan is a wonderful talent."

It is just over 18 months since he last wore number 10, but Biggar has probably never been better-placed to start putting pressure on World Cup and Six Nations playmaker Rhys Priestland.

Jones continued: "He's had a tough time over recent months, but he is a guy who works incredibly hard.

"Sometimes, the way he conveys himself - and the way he is portrayed by others - doesn't do him any favours. But he is a kid who means well and he's a huge competitor.

"I still think, for such a young kid, people forget that he's got a wealth of experience. Moments like the weekend will drive him on to become, I still think, one of Wales' best 10s, if not Wales' best for a generation. He is destined for big things.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve, and it can be as much of a weakness as a strength, but that is what makes him what he is. He has been massively influential for the Ospreys this entire season, and with his kicking performances he has been the ultimate professional.

"But I think he has started to develop a more rounded game which could see him have the potential to go on, if he keeps believing, to bigger and better things.

"I desperately hope he stays in Wales and everyone keeps that belief in him."


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