Biggar can cope with physical France - Jenkins


Wales can do little to protect Dan Biggar against a physical France side, but the fly-half is tough enough to cope with the challenge, says kicking coach Neil Jenkins.

Ireland star Jonathan Sexton was a target in Les Bleus' 10-9 Six Nations win on Saturday, the fly-half suffering a "whiplash injury" late in the game, having earlier been cynically challenged off the ball by Yoann Maestri, who avoided further punishment.

As one of Wales' most influential performers, Jenkins expects Biggar to face similar scrutiny against France at Principality Stadium on February 26.

And Jenkins believes the 26-year-old Ospreys player should take it as a compliment that other teams will come after him.

"It's part and parcel of the game," former Wales and British and Irish Lions star Jenkins said. 

"Players as good as Johnny and Dan have to realise they are in the firing line.

"It's hard to protect these players in the game today. You've just got to get on with it, front up and what will be will be.

"Dan is a tough old nut and let's hope he keeps playing well. But, in terms of sides targeting him, that's a positive on our part because it shows how well he's actually playing."

Biggar made a swift recovery from a foot injury sustained in Wales' opening 16-16 draw against Ireland to play in their 27-23 win over Scotland last Saturday.

When asked if Wales could "hide" Biggar, Jenkins responded: "Where do you want me to put him? Teams have had a split set up [from kick-off].

"Ireland wherever he was were going to kick on him. Unless we put him behind the posts and seat him in the crowd, I'm not sure we can hide him.

"He's good enough to deal with that and if teams are targeting him it's a compliment."