Dan Biggar: Wales fly-half believes more players will join Top 14 clubs from the Premiership

Wales flyhalf Dan Biggar believes that more and more players will leave Welsh and Premiership clubs, signing deals with Top 14 clubs. Biggar made the mid-season switch to Toulon after he was granted an early release from his contract with Premiership side Northampton Saints. Credit: Alamy
Wales flyhalf Dan Biggar believes that more and more players will leave Welsh and Premiership clubs, signing deals with Top 14 clubs. Biggar made the mid-season switch to Toulon after he was granted an early release from his contract with Premiership side Northampton Saints. Credit: Alamy

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar believes that more players will leave Welsh and Premiership clubs to sign deals with Top 14 outfits.

Biggar made the mid-season switch to Toulon after he was granted an early release from his contract with Premiership side Northampton Saints.

Biggar’s move to Toulon

The 33-year-old signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Toulon after Northampton could not offer him an extension beyond the conclusion of the 2022/23 season.

Northampton’s salary cap restraints meant that Biggar had to find a new club for post-Rugby World Cup 2023, and with Toulon lacking fly-half depth, the French club swooped to secure his services immediately.

“I have got two and a half years here. That’ll take me until I’m 35, and then I’ll see what’s what,” Biggar said in an interview with the Mail.

“This last couple of months have taught me that anything can happen, the way the Premiership and the Welsh regions are.”

While Northampton Saints have lost the services of Biggar, Exeter Chiefs have confirmed that hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie and number eight Sam Simmonds will leave Sandy Park to join Montpellier.

Biggar believes more players will make the move to France due to the Premiership’s salary cap, which is smaller than the Top 14’s.

“Let’s call it as it is,” he said.

“The salary cap in France is much higher. They’ve got big crowds here every week. They had 33,000 on a Sunday night in Bordeaux. 

“No one turns up to those games in the UK, do they? I believe you’ll see more and more players come over.”

Biggar adds that the exodus of players to the Top 14 will not be the clubs’ fault as they battle to hold onto their stars.

“Northampton weren’t able to extend my contract, and I’m totally fine with that,” he added.

“They are a brilliantly-run club, but you’ve got young guys like George Furbank, Lewis Ludlam and Alex Coles who started out on academy contracts, but now their salary demands have gone up, so what are the club supposed to do?

Can’t fit everybody into salary cap

“Exeter developed a lot of academy guys into world-class players — guys like Sam and Luke — and the reality is that you can’t fit everybody into the cap.

“My personal opinion is that if the salary cap is £5 million in England and a club can afford to spend £7m, then you’re hamstringing them.

“The salary cap, for me, is too low, and the proof is in the pudding because we’re seeing players leaving.”

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