Dan Biggar’s last speech before England
Dan Biggar has previewed how he will approach his final words with his team before Wales face England on Saturday.
The fly-half captains his country for the first time this campaign and deserves applause for the way he treats officials in light of his previous tendency to protest a bit too much.
What the public doesn’t see, however, is how it operates behind closed doors. Many teammates have discussed how the veteran keeps everyone around him to a high standard, but he’s now shared how he’ll handle his final team interview ahead of this crucial game.
“I’m not too much into planning ahead what to say,” Biggar told the media. “I judge how the group is and what it feels like in the group.
“Sometimes there is not much to say. Before the game against Scotland, there was not much to say because I could only say that we were on a different level emotionally than we were the week before against Ireland.
“Sometimes on an emotional level, it doesn’t matter what myself or Wayne or any of the senior guys say, it has to be very much up to an individual.
“I can’t make Nick Tompkins or Toby [Taulupe Faletau] be on an emotional level. I can talk about the game plan, but the most important thing I found in this captaincy is that you have to take care of everyone – everyone is different.
“It will mainly be a question of judging him on Saturday. I’d like to think that on a pivotal Six Nations weekend against England at Twickenham, there won’t be too much need to be said emotionally to get us going.
But Biggar revealed that the right words at the right time can stick with a player as they walk onto the pitch.
He used an example from Wales’ win over Scotland, where the words of former prop and now defense coach Gethin Jenkins rang in his ears.
“Gethin Jenkins spoke really well at halftime, and that’s something I took on the pitch,” Biggar said.
“It was about what kind of feeling we wanted in the locker room when we came back. Did we want to enjoy a beer after we really put everything in and got a result? Or did we want to feel like we didn’t have everything given and are really, really disappointed with the way we played and let the country down a bit after the game?”