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Six Nations 2018: Wales fly-half Dan Biggar to miss first three rounds

Six Nations 2018: Wales fly-half Dan Biggar to miss first three rounds

Dan Biggar has won 60 caps for WalesWales fly-half Dan Biggar is set to miss the first three rounds of the Six Nations with a shoulder problem.Biggar, 28, was injured in Ospreys' weekend defeat at Clermont Auvergne.The Welsh Rugby Union is yet to confirm the extent of the damage, but it is understood Biggar will miss matches with Scotland, England and Ireland.
It leaves Wales without their two leading fly-halves, with Rhys Priestland out of most of the tournament with a hamstring problem.Head coach Warren Gatland is without British and Irish Lions stars Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau and Jonathan Davies, while Liam Williams and George North have only just returned from injury. Rhys Patchell, Owen Williams and Gareth Anscombe will vie for the number 10 jersey in Biggar and Priestland's absence, with Scarlets playmaker Patchell excelling for his region this season. Patchell has won five Wales caps since making his debut in 2013, but has yet to start a Test at fly-half or feature in the Six Nations. Wales open the Championship by hosting Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday, 3 February before travelling to face England at Twickenham seven days later.A Dublin date against Ireland follows on 24 February before home games against Italy on 11 March and France on 17 March.
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