Dan Biggar: Wales fly-half keen to follow Neil Jenkins’ coaching path

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar says he wants to follow in the footsteps of kicking coach and mentor Neil Jenkins when he finishes his playing career.

The 30-year-old Northampton player has worked with Wales skills coach Jenkins since he was a teenager.

“I would love to give back in the same way as Jenks gave to us when we were coming through,” Biggar said.

“That would be a good way to transition out of playing and into coaching.”

Biggar, who was part of the 2017 British and Irish Lions squad, said he is unlikely to seek a full-time coaching position at a club.

“If I’m being brutally honest I could not think of anything worse than being a club coach day in, day out,” Biggar told BBC Sport Wales’ Scrum V podcast.

“I’ve got huge amounts of respect for those that do it.”

Biggar started working with Jenkins when he was coming through the Ospreys academy and credits the 48-year-old, who remains Wales’ record scorer with 1,049 points, for much of his successful career.

“I’ve worked with Neil since I was 15, so 15 years now of week in, week out work with him,” said Biggar, who has scored 439 points in 83 Tests, putting him fourth in Wales’ all-time standings.

“The big thing for me is his work ethic is still right up there. Sometimes, on the very odd occasion you think you could rest up or you’ve got a couple of niggles, you’ve just got him in your ear saying ‘let’s just keep on top of things’.

“Without him there’s no way I’d have been as successful in that part of the game.

“The biggest thing is that – and I mean this in the most complimentary way – he’s not the most technical. He doesn’t really give you technical points every two seconds.

“He breaks it down to your basic structure, your weaknesses and strengths. He knows with me if I’m going to miss it’s because I always get a little bit out to the left, and I’ll always lean a bit and get a little bit lazy.

“He’s been absolutely wonderful and deserves a huge amount of credit for the work he’s put in.

“I’m just trying to get him to see if he can keep going for a few more years and then hope when I retire I can look at maybe sneaking into his job! I’d like to do something like that.”