Dan Biggar on his motivation in South Africa and chances of starting for Lions in first Test vs Springboks

Dan Biggar is in the driving seat to start for the Lions when they take on South Africa in the first Test after his superb performance against Japan.

However, as well as receiving plenty of plaudits for that display, he has also made former referee Nigel Owens’ list of the top five most difficult players to deal with.

“To be honest I thought he was going to say something else – ‘difficult’ is a kind word to use for me I reckon,” joked Biggar.

“I am actually quite disappointed that I am just in the top five – I wanted to be at the top of it. But I would say I am actually quite happy with that from a legend like Nige!”

Biggar will look to stake that claim further on Wednesday when he starts for the Lions against the Sharks – live on Sky Sports Action – and he believes that his hard work has paid off.

The Wales pivot believes 90 per cent of his rivals are more talented than him but says that helps him to be a better player.

“I stick by that, and I see that as a positive. The biggest compliment you can give me is that I work my socks off and do a lot of the things that perhaps require a lot of hard work. That is in my DNA,” he said.

This is Biggar’s second taste of the Lions having been part of the tour to New Zealand four years ago. However, he feels he is in a much better place now and well in the mix to be their first choice No 10.

He added: “Four years ago, it felt a little bit like I was on the outskirts of things, I was up against Owen (Farrell) and Johnny (Sexton) who were at the peak of their powers then. I resigned myself to playing well but being a little on the outskirts. Now it feels very much like I am in the mix.”

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With Farrell and Finn Russell also contenders for this tour, Biggar explains that there are similarities between himself and Farrell, while there is plenty of hard work behind Russell’s maverick ways.

“Finn is a much more relaxed character but he spends a lot of time on the laptop looking at the opposition and looking at his own game. People who think he just turns up on a Saturday and does a few flicks and tricks is unfair on him, he puts a lot of hard graft in,” said Biggar.

“Owen and myself are very similar characters and we see the game quite similar.”

Biggar recently lost his mother and said the memory of her, plus the thought of his wife and young son will be the motivation driving him on in South Africa.

“When you become a dad your mindset changes. Being away from them for a long time is hard, so to go back with a Test series victory would be a huge thing – that would really make it worthwhile,” added Biggar.

“My mum passed away a few weeks ago and she was a huge influence on me, so to do that would be a huge thing.

“The best thing for me has to be able to come into training and playing because it forces you to take your mind off things

“It has been a really tough couple of months, but I know she would have wanted me to be out here and it would have been really special for her watching.

“To do it for her would be the world.”

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