News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar


Dan Biggar
By Saint Ted
September 6 2017

With Northampton Saints announcing the first of next seasons new signing today, Welsh international Dan Biggar, what are your thoughts? Myler is in the last year of his contract and with Francis yet to debut in the premiership, it gives us a lot to think about

Dan Biggar, the Welsh and British Lions international has today signed for Northampton Saints

Biggar comes across the boarder from Ospreys having made over 200 appearences and over 2000 points scored

He's been part of the Ospreys squad since 2007 and the welsh squad since 2008 and has racked up an impressive 56 caps and 295 points

Dan wlso played in 5 of the British Lions tests in New Zealand this year

Welcome Dan to Northampton!

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News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
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Date: 06/09/2017 13:18

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Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 12:56

What are your thoughts??



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Re: Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: Harry the Dog (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 12:59

Relegation release clause??

Re: Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: HungryLikeTheWolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 12:59

Well we knew this months ago so glad they've got round to announcing it!


Friend of mine has spent some time with Dan socially and apparent he's a top top bloke so that's encouraging.

Personally I would have gone for a cheaper Kiwi alternative but there we go.

Last week showed we can't rely on Harry as a backup 10, and maybe his tackling issues means we see Piers at 12 a lot next year.


Welcome Dan.

Re: Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: Box kick it (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:00

Is this from now or next season?

Re: Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: Robby Richmond (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:02

Make this a story Ted

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Re: Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:03

Next season.

By the way Chris, nice way of getting it announced, good little video

Re: Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: Former Hollywood Saint (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:05

He's said on Twitter its 2018, so next year. Couple that with Brad Shields and some new coaches and we might be alright grinning smiley

Just got to stay up now!



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Re: Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:05

I will be when I'm back in the office Robby!

Re: Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: Walks11 (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:14

those 'in the know' can hopefully enlighten me on what I find as the curious timing of the announcement. Rumoured for quite some time, so after the Lions tour I get, but why wait until now? Was their a requirement that this season had officially started and therefore he was in his last contracted season?

Re: Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: Saint.Kenneth (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:16

In a non salary capped world, it would be a great signing. Dan is a really good player and would enhance our side for sure. However, with Myler, Piers and Grayson, the money could possibly have been used to bolster elsewhere, unless Stephen is retiring next season?

Welcome Dan for next season!

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:21

Myler is out of contract at the end of this season Ken

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Pyffy (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:21

Great signing for 2018, welcome Dan !!

Note to coaches:
Please wrap our new 10 in cotton wool for next year's pre-season friendlies as we would like to see him start the first game in September, unlike the last two years (Sm126)

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Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Robby Richmond (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:24

Yeah, but can he tackle? *

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Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:26

So I assume will be Dan, Peirs, Rob and George.
Will be good to see if it happens

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Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Pyffy (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:32

Quote:
Chris Hoddle
So I assume will be Dan, Peirs, Rob and George.
Will be good to see if it happens

I agree Chris and if Tom Collins can really kick on this year add him on the other wing and that back line is formidable.

Corbus, Dan, Tom, Piers, Rob, George, Ace.

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Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Box kick it (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:33

But what does Eif think??

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Duckonstilts (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:37

My guess is Eif will talk about someone who has just turned 20 and has already played 50 times for some club and will be starting for wales in the next year.

Re: Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: HungryLikeTheWolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:46

Quote:
Walks11
those 'in the know' can hopefully enlighten me on what I find as the curious timing of the announcement. Rumoured for quite some time, so after the Lions tour I get, but why wait until now? Was their a requirement that this season had officially started and therefore he was in his last contracted season?


Because we got spanked last week and need cheering up?

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: pksaint (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:49

Oh no. Whenever I've watched him play he seems intent on 'buying' a penalty instead of getting on with the game. He's been caught out a few times because he's too busy trying to get the refs eye after tackles. Not good in my opinion. Not looking forward to him being with us. Not the Saints style IMO.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Matthew (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 13:52

How many exemptions are there under Gatland's law?

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Re: Saints Sign Dan Biggar - It's official
Posted by: Walks11 (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 14:14

Quote:
HungryLikeTheWolf
Quote:
Walks11
those 'in the know' can hopefully enlighten me on what I find as the curious timing of the announcement. Rumoured for quite some time, so after the Lions tour I get, but why wait until now? Was their a requirement that this season had officially started and therefore he was in his last contracted season?


Because we got spanked last week and need cheering up?

are we therefore expecting a big name signing every week from now on then or will it be interspersed with beer discounts

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Chilham (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 14:17

Twitch, fidget, fidget, twitch.

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Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Brackleysaint (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 14:23

Wishfull thinking due to the position we're in at the moment, perhaps Ospreys, Gatland & the WRU will be that peeved that they offer to release him immediately.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Saint Matt (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 14:36

I would assume this means this is Myler's last season. He's not my favourite player, but there's no doubt he's quality and Saints game has traditionally been about forward domination and a controlling 10, rather than 'x-factor' play makers, he suits that to a tee!

Welcome Dan, thanks for the service Stephen.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Former Hollywood Saint (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 14:59

Biggar Francis 10-12 axis does have a nice ring to it.


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Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: herbie85 (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 15:06

The man's played 56 times for Wales and toured with the lions. It's a good signing in anyone's book.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Stockers (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 15:52

Really positive signing and statement of intent by the Club.

Welcome Dan and the Biggar family.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: TheGent (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 16:21

Great signing imo, mentally very strong and a real winner.

The potential backline of

9. Cobus
10. Biggar
11. Horne
12. Francis
13. Stephenson
14. North
15. Mallinder

gives us real options.

Now we need some signings to bolster scrum.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Wrench (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 16:25

Really bad use of a big chunk of money for me

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Scrummy (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 16:35

He is a quality player. Welcome Dan.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Eif Jones (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 16:51

Actually I will say 'what comes around comes around', Saints offered him a contract when he was leaving school at 17, he said no at that time. As it has been for North, not a great move, unless the pack, as well as the mid-field, can show significant improvement. Something had to happen as there has always an issue at Ospreys with Biggar and Davies fighting for the same spot, I suppose the younger was always going to get preference.

Much more importantly, I'm with Stuart Barnes, he suggests that Scarlets, if they remain injury free, will be serious challengers for the Euro Cup this season. Its easily forgotten that Scarlets were the only team not to lose to Saracens in last year's competition, Saracens scraped a draw in injury time at New Stradey. Interestingly, its notable how their recent acquisition at no 10 has so improved under the expert tutelage of Stephen Jones. Not sure that Saints have such an expert tutor.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Robby Richmond (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 17:14

Scarlets getting out of a group with Bath & Toulon in it? Like Barnes I suggest you lay off the sauce Eif.

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Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: andysaint (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 17:27

On the one hand he is a good player with international experience. He would start over our current incumbents and would be an improvement. But it's a big use of money in a position in which we are not struggling as much as others. Further, Jim at Saints has a very poor history of 10s. None have held down that position apart from Myler. I would hope that future fortunes are not reliant on Dan.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 17:43

Great signing, metronomic from the tee and from distance something which we've struggled with for years, a Lion, 50 caps plus for Wales, one of their on pitch leaders. Probably the best recoverer of his own up and under in world rugby, a genuinely great 10. Look Myler has been fabulous but we needed this signing in a really key position. Genuinely surprised that some are doubting it. Best thing JM and co have done for ages.



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Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: fleetg (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 18:22

Stop it Eif .... I nearly choked on my food when I read your Scarlets comment !😆

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: ch saint (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 19:14

He is a great player and apparently good bloke as well. But I am disappointed that we have been unable to develop a 10 from within, or even take a player a bit below top level and bring him on.
Look forward to seeing him in GBB.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: skybluesaint (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 19:23

" Its easily forgotten that Scarlets were the only team not to lose to Saracens in last year's competition, Saracens scraped a draw in injury time at New Stradey."

But got spanked 44-26 at Sarries. Still, better than Saints did last week I suppose.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: SaintsAsh (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 19:24

I think it will be good for young Grayson to be learning from the likes of Bigger, Mhyler and Francis. Alex Mitchell has the likes of Groom and Reinarch to learn from, Collins now has had Pisi, Foden and Horne (if he plays wing) to learn from. Ludlam had Clark Samu and Picamole, now has wood, and Gibson to learn from. For me the team has a good balance about it, we just need them to start performing to their potential.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: tigerburnie (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 19:38

Isn't Mylar off to the USA next year, thought this was a replacement signing?

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: SaintMaul (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 20:15

Fantastic signing and hopefully encouragement for George North to stay.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: higgy365 (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 20:33

Can he kick it?

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Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: SaintMaul (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 22:55

Fly half is arguably the most important player in a team and therefore if there was one position to spend high on it's fly-half.

How many times a game does a fly half touch the ball compared to a winger?

Plus from what I've heard about him he will help with the culture which appears to have slipped since our trophy years.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: StBleach (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 04:14

I personally don't have a problem with this signing, what frustrates me I suppose are comments such as " I'm happy to be joining a team with so much tradition that have one major trophies.. etc etc ".. These type of quotes are always looking backwards at what has happened before, you seldom read " I'm jointing the Saints as it's clear that Northampton is the place to be with great ambition and world leading coches ... etc"...

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: TringSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 04:53

Great signing and for those who can't spell, it's Myler not Mylar or Mylur.

The guy has played for us for 10 years so you'd think we could at least get his name right!!

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Box kick it (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 06:35

Well Said, Steven Myler is class.

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Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: FatAlan (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 07:21

Great signing but 2018/19 seems a long way off. Gut feeling says we have more immediate problems to overcome.... like this season!

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: HungryLikeTheWolf (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 07:23

Don't panic, we will win and play well Saturday. Probably beat Bath too.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Neil-H (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 09:33

Having watched Biggar a lot more closely for last how many months we have been linked to him, he is a much better player than I gave him credit for... brave, strong, tackle, kick, pass and very good proven international 10 and had a great Lions tour

With regards Gatlands law, I can't see Jamie Roberts being in contention next year, you'd think starting centres be Williams and Davies?

And Ospreys have a very good young 10, who played a lot last year and will probably play more games than Biggar again this year, taking into account time Dan is away with Wales.

Why is everyone picking Cobus, ahead of Nic for next season, he hasn't even played for us yet and I have been impressed by Nic, just hope coaches pick on form and don't swap n switch like they did with Lee n Khan!

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: St tub (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 09:49

I suppose the real question is should Stephen do the "right thing" and just leave now? *

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Duckonstilts (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 09:51

HLTW, I like your optimism, and I agree its not all doom and gloom. I can not guarantee a win this weekend but I expect us to look much more competitive.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: alwayshopeful (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 12:34

This is a great signing. A lion - 50 international caps - he can kick..

He is not "flashy" (I remember the pain of Spencer - no more "mercurial flyhalfs!).. but actually will add the ability to move the team around the park, dictate play and be really effecient.. exactly as Myler is when at his best. Its these traits that enabled Steve to see off all the "names" that we recruited over the years and I'm sure its these traits that will make Dan have a huge impact in the coming years.

The only downsides are a) he's not a no8 and b) that twitching and fidgeting is embarrassing*

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: HungryLikeTheWolf (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 12:36

c) cost when we are losing money
d) away for third of the season minimum
e) potential injuries when away


but i am ambivalent on value...

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 13:27

cost when we are losing money:
if we're hell bent on making profit each year, we'll ending up playing league derbies against Bedford. Unfortunately, we've got to spend money to improve.

Away for a third of the season:
assuming Gatland picks him as 1 of the 3. If so, we can still chose from Harry, Grayson jr, Francis and apparantly Hutchinson.

potential injuries when away:
that happens with any player. He'll be well insured and he's as likely to get injured playing against Leicester as he is against France

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: HungryLikeTheWolf (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 14:03

Quote:
Saint Stokey
cost when we are losing money:
if we're hell bent on making profit each year, we'll ending up playing league derbies against Bedford. Unfortunately, we've got to spend money to improve.

Away for a third of the season:
assuming Gatland picks him as 1 of the 3. If so, we can still chose from Harry, Grayson jr, Francis and apparantly Hutchinson.

potential injuries when away:
that happens with any player. He'll be well insured and he's as likely to get injured playing against Leicester as he is against France


1. You're asking Keith to keep whacking money in? What other ideas do you have to plug the gap (assuming Biggar is marquee which is the 'over and above' section of cap).

2. Harry can't play 10, Grayson unproven, Piers yes, Hutch hmmmm. A kiwi who play each week and similar standard.

3. Higher intensity at that level?



Just chucking out reservations but to offset this he's a real competitor and has a great attitude. Hopefully also the kind of person to change a culture, as I'm hoping Horne will. We shall see!

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 15:51

Lennie Newman on Radio Noddy suggested that Myler might re-sign after this season

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: andysaint (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 18:23

Perhaps we should have made a play for Lowzoski and made him our new 10 though he may end up back at Wasps. How many 10s in the league are class? Farrell and Ford, Burns on his day but has serious off days, the same as Priestland. Gopperth is good but is not getting any younger. Cipriani is far too concerned with himself. Steenson is getting a bit long in the tooth and Slade isn't ready to step up. In terms of the rest, they are not likely to take a club forward to where we want to be. We would be in a much better position to be choosy if we had manage to develop our own 10. Out of all of the positions in the squad, that is the one Jim has never managed to deal with properly.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 22:16

Ref the embarrassing twitchy stuff, he's changed his pre kicking routine now and it happens a lot less. The twitchy stuff will probably remain though with our coaching team in the stands on match days.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: DesboroughSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 22:40

I'm delighted we've signed these players, and can't wait to see these guys out together, but it just struck me that if we have a back line of Reinach, Biggar, Estelles, Francis, Horne, North & Ace... the only English guy is going to be from New Zealand.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
Date: 08/09/2017 06:46

There may be times when we have a back line of Kessell, Myler, Francis, Burrell, Foden, Mallinder. Unlikely I know.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Neil-H (IP Logged)
Date: 08/09/2017 07:17

Quote:
HungryLikeTheWolf
c) cost when we are losing money
d) away for third of the season minimum
e) potential injuries when away


but i am ambivalent on value...

I suppose the same could be said about Louis, would you have wanted to keep him?

Or even Dylan?

It's a tough one and I see your point Wolf, Quins did win the league once with a squad virtually untouched by international call ups, but there is also the business side to think about, Think sponsorship and ticket sales (which leads to game days spending, merchandise etc) the bast majority of people who watch any rugby I'd suggest watch it in this order - England in the 6 Nations, England other games, Premiership, other rugby... by signing big name stars from the 6 Nations, it's easier to attract sponsorship and try attract new supporters to the club

Do I know the monies we talking about with the above, I sadly don't.

Is it right thing to do? That's a whole different conversation and as a businessman and a supporter I see both sides... I guess it's hope when away others are also weaker and that our squad is strong enough to still compete and when everyone's back, our cup final 23 are strong enough to compete?

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: greenwood (IP Logged)
Date: 08/09/2017 07:45

"the only English guy is going to be from New Zealand."

Gravesend via New Zealand...

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: HungryLikeTheWolf (IP Logged)
Date: 08/09/2017 08:55

Quote:
Neil-H
Quote:
HungryLikeTheWolf
c) cost when we are losing money
d) away for third of the season minimum
e) potential injuries when away


but i am ambivalent on value...

I suppose the same could be said about Louis, would you have wanted to keep him?

Or even Dylan?

It's a tough one and I see your point Wolf, Quins did win the league once with a squad virtually untouched by international call ups, but there is also the business side to think about, Think sponsorship and ticket sales (which leads to game days spending, merchandise etc) the bast majority of people who watch any rugby I'd suggest watch it in this order - England in the 6 Nations, England other games, Premiership, other rugby... by signing big name stars from the 6 Nations, it's easier to attract sponsorship and try attract new supporters to the club

Do I know the monies we talking about with the above, I sadly don't.

Is it right thing to do? That's a whole different conversation and as a businessman and a supporter I see both sides... I guess it's hope when away others are also weaker and that our squad is strong enough to still compete and when everyone's back, our cup final 23 are strong enough to compete?



Given we lost 1mill no I wouldn't have signed Louis. If I knew those finances. Easily sign Steven Luatua or likes of Shields who would do a job at half the price.

I don't know players salaries but assuming he is one of the highest paid, torn on Dylan. Would probably have let him go after last years indiscretion if I'm honest.

Signing someone like Biggar doesn't need imagination. Anyone can whack some money down and sign him or Louis. I highly recommend the book or movie Moneyball, financially we are like the Oakland As. We have to be very clever in value signings instead of just whacking big bucks on Marquee 6Nations players.

We are losing money.

Re: News: Saints Sign Dan Biggar
Posted by: Neil-H (IP Logged)
Date: 08/09/2017 16:09

You appear to have totally missed my point mate?

And maybe the directors have decided that we can run at a 1million lost per year and it will be covered? Many clubs are running at a lost and directors cover it, ours small compared to many, thankfully! Who knows?

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