Six Nations 2022: Dan Biggar and Jonathan Davies, both from Wales, join the 100 club

Dan Biggar is poised to become the ninth Welshman to feature in 100 internationals after Gareth Thomas was the first in 2007
Dan Biggar, a Welshman who will be the ninth to appear in 100 internationals, is set to surpass Gareth Thomas in 2007.
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date:Saturday, February 12 Kick-off: 14:15 GMT
Coverage: Live streaming on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, and online starting at 16:00 GMT. Listen on BBC Radio 5 live sport extra, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru; text commentary available on the BBC Sport app and website.

Dan Biggar, Wales captain will be part of an exclusive club as he plays in his 100th international against Scotland.

Biggar and Jonathan Davies join Alun Wyn Jones (Gethin Jenkins), Stephen Jones, Stephen Jones, George North and Martyn Williams as the top 10 players from Wales who have played 100 internationals.

Biggar was 19 years old when he started his international rugby career. His perseverance has continued into the 14th year.

The 32-year old said, “The feeling I have is pride, but also a little vindication since I've had some highs and lows along my journey.”

“I am glad that I was able to persevere and keep my job going for quite a while.”

Biggar, along with centre Davies, should reach this milestone.

Biggar made his debut against Canada 2008, and will now play his 97th Wales International alongside the three Tests of the British and Irish Lions against South Africa 2020.

Davies, 34 years old, made his debut in May 2009 against Canada and will be the winner of his 94th Wales cap. He also won six Lions Tests against Australia or New Zealand.

Biggar said, “I'm thrilled to Jon because he is one of the most professional blokes you could meet in the manner he looks after himself and conducts himself.”

Dan Biggar and Jonathan Davies
Jonathan Davies and Dan Biggar were both part of the Wales Under-20s team that reached the semi-finals at the Junior World Cup in 2008.

“Especially since he probably had to wait a bit longer than he would like. [for 100 internationals].

“There is no doubt that if he had stayed fit, this would have been a long time ago. He has suffered some serious injuries, and he is deserving of everything this weekend.

Family affair

Biggar will lead his country at the Principality Stadium with his family, but he isn't sure everyone will be there.

He stated, “It's a boy's dream for Wales to play and I am privileged that I can lead the boys out at home in an enormous Six Nations game.”

“All the family are coming so it's exciting. My little boy will be coming, but I believe he'll be spending most of his time on the iPhone with Paw Patrol.

“I think Wales-Scotland will be his second home, and his dad will lead out Wales.”

This is far from his performance as a teenager in the Canadians' match, when he scored nine points off the bench.

Biggar said, “The debut was good. I came off the bench to James Hook and he left after approximately 20 minutes so I didn’t have a lot of time to be nervous.”

“I believe I threw an interception in the last play. I hope I don't throw too many tomorrow!”

Dan Biggar made his Wales debut as a first half replacement against Canada in autumn 2008
Dan Biggar was a replacement for Canada's first-half in his Wales debut against Canada, autumn 2008.

It was a glimpse into the public life of a Wales flyhalf, in which he received advice from Neil Jenkins and Stephen Jones who are currently coaching him.

Biggar said, “Some of the lads mentioned that it was a great achievement to stick around as long as I did, especially since I was wearing the number 10 jersey.”

“There is always someone better than yourself every week, or there are new kids on the block every year.

They've seen it all. Although they said that there was always someone else, they were able to persevere for a time. I am grateful that I was able to follow their example.”

Magic memories

Biggar is reflecting on a career still in full swing. What was his favorite moment?

Spoiler alert! It is not his match-winning penalty in the 2015 World Cup match at Twickenham.

Biggar recalls, “I was talking to Jenks (Neil Jenkins), and Callum Sheedy as we were just getting up at the stadium. Callum has never played without the roof shut,” Biggar.

“He wanted to know if it's different without the roof closed, and Neil and Neil were talking about the 30-3 win against England for the Six Nations title.

“That would be right there. “I have never seen a stadium quite like it, and even the Principality Stadium, during a matchday.

“England came to town for Grand Slam. We had to win, and the stadium was electric. It was a great day for all of us.

“That would be probably the most memorable moment I have had, when you lift the trophy at the end.”

Dublin redemption

Biggar has been through trials and tribulations throughout his career. He is also well aware of the consequences for Wales if he loses or performs poorly.

This happened in the tournament opener against Ireland in Dublin. He admitted that he takes it personally.

Biggar said, “I have been involved since so long.” “I know what success looks like when you win trophies in this tournament. But I also know the negative side.

“We are aware that we cannot hide the problems against Ireland. We didn't play well.

“When you don’t play well in this jersey, or are second-best as we were last weekend, there will be heat.”

“A full inquiry into Welsh rugby has taken place this week, in terms of what people were saying.

“We have been in such situations many times. People think that everything has been perfect because we've been so successful in this tournament for the past decade.

“In 2017, between 2012 and 2013 we finished fifth. We didn't win a single game as a group.”

“We probably got beaten more in Dublin in 2014 than last Saturday.” Every Six Nations is successful, everyone thinks.

“This is the time of the year when all the experts, media, and ex-players, come out. They have all the answers.

“For us it's about making everything in-house and responding in a timely manner by showing up on Saturday.

History tells us that we respond well to poor performances.

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