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Dan has a Big chance to take over from Jones

Dan Biggar hopes to begin a journey tomorrow night that could lead all the way towards the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

The gifted 20-year-old Ospreys playmaker will make his fourth Test match appearance when Wales tackle Millennium Stadium visitors Samoa.

And, as early auditions go, he has a golden opportunity to grab centre stage and stake his claim to be Stephen Jones' long-term successor at fly-half.

Jones, 12 years Biggar's senior and with 81 caps, will be nearly 34 when Wales go to All Blacks country less than two years from now.

And the 6ft 2in Ospreys academy product knows tomorrow's fixture provides him with a chance to lay down his marker.

“With Stephen Jones here, it's a massive challenge, but one I am going to thrive on,” he said.

“I am sure Stephen will as well, but hopefully I will push him all the way.

“And, obviously, I hope the end result is to take that 10 shirt every game.”

Gatland has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes for Samoa's visit, bringing in only five players — Biggar, wing Tom James, scrum-half Dwayne Peel, hooker Huw Bennett and flanker Sam Warburton — who did not start against New Zealand last Saturday.

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