EXCLUSIVE: Dan Biggar will keep Wales captain for summer tour despite Alun Wyn Jones scheduled to be named on the show’s South African team
- This summer, Wales will embark on a South African tour with Dan Biggar at the helm
- Alun Wyn Jones will be named but will continue to be managed
- George North is due to return to the squad for the first time in over a year
Dan Biggar will remain captain during Wales’ South Africa summer tour, and the line-up will also include George North and Alun Wyn Jones.
No. 10 Biggar will remain the captain of the Six Nations while Lock Jones’ talisman continues to recover from his injury.
Winger North is poised to return to the squad for the first time in over a year, but head coach Wayne Pivac has several other injury concerns in the daunting Springbox streak.
Dan Biggar will continue to captain the team on the summer South Africa tour
North, 30, has not played at test level since the Six Nations defeat France in March 2021.
In April last year, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament during an action for Ospreys.
Now back in shape after 12 months of treating a knee injury, North has only played two games for his region this season but is likely to make a straight return to the Wales squad, to be confirmed on Wednesday. His power and ability to play both on the wing and in the center make him an important figure for Pivac.
George North will return to the squad for the first time since the Six Nations defeat France last year
Despite the fact that Alun Wyn Jones was also named in the line-up, Biggar will retain that position
North’s comeback is good news for the pressured Welsh coach after a disappointing fifth place in the Six Nations, which included his first home defeat by beating the Italian boys.
Pivac’s next task is intimidating. Wales will face current South African World Cup holders in three tests in July without a lot of older players and doubts about a few others.
Forwards Justin Tipuric, Aaron Wainwright and Ken Owens, as well as center Uilisi Halaholo and defender Leigh Halfpenny are sure to miss the tour due to an injury.
Alun Wyn Jones will return to the squad as he returns from injury
Wing Josh Adams, half of the Tomos Williams scrum, Second Row Ross Moriarty, Wyn Jones and Leon Brown props, and Will Rowlands and Ben Carter locks all doubt to make it to the first Pretoria test on July 2nd.
Leicester flanking Tommy Reffell, 23, is a leading contender to be one of the unlimited players in South Africa’s Welsh side after an outstanding season with the Tigers.
Reffell has been a consistent performer for Premiership Leicester leaders. Ospreys’ Morgan Morris is another unrestricted player who puts a heavy pressure on selection.
“He’s a great young player,” Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick said of Reffell.
“It still has tremendous growth. He is physically developed and now ready for the rigors of rugby at this level. She reads the game beautifully.
“He wants to be better and he wants to play well for Leicester.”