Dan Biggar Lines Up To Participate In Lions Test With Japan As Umaga Tackle Is NOT Penalized

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Dan Biggar lined up for Lions pre-tour Test against Japan after being told he will NOT be punished for fumbling challenge on Wesps fly-half Jacob Umaga while playing for Northampton last week

  • Northampton’s Dan Biggar was charged with endangering an opponent last week
  • The fly-half tried to clear Jacob Umaga from Wasps, but ended up hitting his head
  • Wasps were furious at the lack of red card and called for disciplinary action
  • Biggar will escape his sentence and he is ready to play for the Lions versus Japan

Dan Biggar is destined to be available for the Lions’ pre-tour Test against Japan at Murrayfield after escaping disciplinary action for an awkward ruck challenge against Jacob Umaga.

The 31-year-old Wales fly-half inspired Northampton to win the Premiership over Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens last Saturday, but appeared to be cited after an incident late in the game.

He tried to pull opponent Umaga out of a slump, but his arm made clear contact with the younger playmaker’s head.

Dan Biggar will be available for the Lions’ pre-Tour test against Japan after he escaped disciplinary action for a tackle last week

The Lions fly-half escaped punishment for a bad tackle on Wasps' Jacob Umaga last week

The Lions fly-half escaped punishment for a bad tackle on Wasps’ Jacob Umaga last week

Wasps were outraged at the lack of action from race officials at the time, with head coach Lee Blackett saying, “I just don’t think the TMO wants to look at it for some reason.”

However, Sports post understands that Biggar will not be quoted as the offense was not worthy of a red card, so he is free to continue playing for the Saints.

He is also free to play for the Lions, provided he avoids accidents in the last two league games of the season for his club.

Biggar is in supreme form for Northampton and is widely regarded as the frontrunner to wear the Lions’ No 10 shirt for the approaching Tests in South Africa.

Biggar is in good form for Northampton and is the frontrunner for fly-half this summer

Biggar is in good form for Northampton and is the frontrunner for fly-half this summer

Missing the game against Japan would have denied him the chance to start a half-back alliance with Conor Murray – the Irish scrum-half and favorite to wear number 9 against the Springboks.

So this is a welcome development for Biggar and for Lions head coach Warren Gatland, who can now plan an immediate trip to the future creative hub of his choice of choice.

Had Biggar been barred from competing in Japan it would have forced Gatland to rush either Finn Russell or Owen Farrell to the starting XV after being unavailable for training camp in Jersey due to commitments with Racing 92 and Saracens respectively.

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