Biggar heads to Ireland with milestone in sight
DAN Biggar takes the field in Galway today (5pm) within striking distance of a major career milestone.
The Ospreys' fly-half will line up against Connacht requiring 15 points to complete 1,000 in the Pro12.
Only Dan Parks has previously broken through the four-figure barrier in the competition and he got there at the age of 31, while Biggar is just 23.
The former Swansea player would probably prefer to achieve such a notable mark at the Liberty Stadium but he is averaging 15 points a game this season so there is every chance he could create a slice of history this evening and become the first Welshman to join the Pro12's elite 1,000-point club.
Doing so would also provide another nudge in the ribs of Warren Gatland ahead of his Wales squad selection for the November internationals.
Biggar has been the form fly-half in Wales, helping the Ospreys remain unbeaten after three games, and Gatland witnessed him orchestrate the six-try destruction of Edinburgh a week ago.
The New Zealander also turned up at the region's base in Llandarcy to cast his eye over training on Tuesday.
It would be a surprise if the Ospreys yet again didn't supply a significant number of players to Gatland's squad, with the likes of Biggar, Eli Walker, Ashley Beck and James King sure to be on the selectors' radar, joining the contingent of Lions, including Ryan Jones, with Ryan Bevington, Andrew Bishop and Sam Lewis also likely to merit consideration.
Asked how many players he expected to lose to Wales this autumn, head coach Steve Tandy said: "I try not to think about it.
"A lot of people have put their hands up for selection, but that's something we'll have to deal with at the time.
"Our age-grade programme and how we have built strength in depth is a credit to the way the Ospreys do their business. They put a huge amount of effort they put into developing players.
"There's so much home-grown talent coming through that it's exciting for us. We do lose people for international periods, but it's up to us then to go and find the next cab off the rank."
Tandy is expecting Connacht to provide his side with a stern test in the west of Ireland.
"They have new coaches, a solid bunch of players and you never see any team go there and win comfortably," he added. "We lost out there last year and didn't take anything from the game, which was really disappointing. But it's something we hope to put right this weekend."
Connacht: G. Duffy, D. Poolman; R. Henshaw, E. Griffin, M. Healy; C. Ronaldson, K. Marmion; B. Wilkinson, S. Henry, N. White, M. Swift (capt), C. Clarke, A. Browne, J. Muldoon, J. Heenan. Reps: J. Rael, R. Ah You, R. Loughney, A. Muldowney, G. Naoupu, P. O'Donohoe, D. Parks, F. Carr.
Ospreys: R. Fussell; J. Hassler, B. John, A. Beck, E. Walker; D. Biggar, T. Tebaldi; D. Jones, S. Baldwin, A. Jones, A. W. Jones (capt), I. Evans, J. King, M. Allen, J. Tipuric. Reps: R. Hibbard, R. Bevington, A. Jarvis, T. Ardron, J. Bearman, T. Habberfield, M. Morgan, J. Spratt.