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Jenkins praise for Biggar

Skills coach Neil Jenkins praised Dan Biggar's growing maturity after the Ospreys fly-half was restored to the Wales squad for their summer meetings with the Barbarians and Australia.

Biggar, 22, won the most recent of his nine caps in the December defeat to the Wallabies at the Millennium Stadium, but was not included in the squad for the victorious RBS 6 Nations campaign having also missed out on last year's World Cup.

Jenkins said: "I was impressed with him on the weekend against Munster. We all know about Dan's kicking skills, he is one of the best kickers in the game at goal, out of hand and on restarts. But we've always said we would like him to be more of a threat with ball in hand and he is certainly doing that."

Biggar has been in outstanding form for his region in recent weeks, particularly in contributing 25 points to Friday's 45-10 RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final demolition of reigning champions Munster.

He has been rewarded with a place in caretaker head coach Rob Howley's initial 38-man panel for Wales' summer schedule.

Wales will face the Barbarians in Cardiff on June 2, after which the squad will be trimmed to 34 for three Tests against the Wallabies and a midweek fixture against the Brumbies in Canberra.

Jenkins, one of Wales' greatest fly-halves and his country's record points scorer, said of Biggar: "He is having a pop at the defensive line and varying his game well. He is maturing well on and off the pitch and is on top of his game at the moment."

Howley, who is in charge while head coach Warren Gatland recuperates from the injuries he suffered in a fall at his home in New Zealand, also hailed the progress Biggar has made in recent months.

He said: "I spoke to (Ospreys coach) Steve Tandy last week and spoke about numerous Ospreys players who are playing well, including Dan. As a number 10 behind a pack going forward he is showing the form which he showed when he was first selected for Wales."

The Wales squad will meet up on May 21, with the exception of Biggar and his Ospreys colleagues as they will be preparing to face Leinster in the RaboDirect Pro12 final on May 27.


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